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Six dead, scores injured in Amtrak horror crash

19 December 2017

The maximum speed along the stretch of track, known as Point Defiance Bypass, is 79mph, according to information about the project posted online by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

"All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill", said Karnes, adding that several cars had gone off the tracks and passengers kicked out the windows to escape.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after Amtrak train 501 derailed about 7:30 a.m. local time along Interstate 5 as it was leaving the new Tacoma station.

The train, which was carrying 78 passengers and five crew, was part of a newly expanded faster rail service along the route linking Seattle and Portland, Oregon - featuring new locomotives. Multiple other medical centers have reported receiving patients from the crash. Some motorists were injured but none died, police said. The vehicle had flipped upside down, burst open and pinned the passengers underneath the train, Konzelman said. I couldn't see anything.

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"The motion stopped, and I was able to get out".

The train derailed before 8 a.m. Monday. The Federal Railroad Administration also tweeted it has investigators en route to the scene.

"Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements", he said, according to KOMO News. Thank you to all of our wonderful First Responders who are on the scene. As the Northwest News Network's Austin Jenkins told Here & Now,"this is Interstate 5, the main north-south thoroughfare through Washington state - and for that matter, up and down the West Coast".

NBC affiliate KING 5 News reporter Alex Rozier. "They're asking all drivers that can stay home to not drive at this time near this incident, as there are very few alternative routes".

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US President Donald Trump said the accident underscored the need to invest in infrastructure.

"I knew right away that this was a major accident, that there was probably going to be some pretty, pretty graphic fatalities and injuries, so I prepared myself for the worst going in - and I hoped for the best - and there was both", he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said a "go-team" is departing from Washington, D.C., to investigate the derailment. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!

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Six dead, scores injured in Amtrak horror crash