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    Amtrak train derails in Washington: Live updates

    Amtrak train derails in Washington: Live updates
    12:13 PM ET, Mon December 18, 2017



    What we know now
    What happened: An Amtrak passenger train derailed and is now dangling onto Interstate 5 in Pierce County, Washington.
    The victims: Sheriff's office says there are multiple victims inside the derailed cars.

    Sheriff's office: There are multiple fatalities inside the derailed train cars

    Authorities believe there were multiple fatalities aboard an Amtrak train that derailed this morning in Pierce County, Washington, a sheriff's spokesman said.
    Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said "it was obvious there were some fatalities” in the train derailment on I-5 in Washington. He said multiple cars and trucks were struck by the train and that some of the injured were able to walk off the train and are receiving treatment.
    “There are three or four more cars upside down where you can’t see,” with some in the woods, Troyer said, adding that their department trains for situations like these “all the time.”
    “We have a preplanned operation to get survivors out, to get injured to the hospital,” Troyer said.
    Troyer would not specify the number of victims, saying, “At this point we are told multiple fatalities, we’re not confirming anything else.”
    Sheriff: Train hit multiple cars, no motorist fatalities
    The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that several motorists in cars that were struck by the Amtrak train had suffered injuries, but no motorist was killed.

    Pierce Co Sheriff
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    Several cars on I5 struck by derailed Amtrak train cars. Multiple motorists injured on roadway, no fatalities of motorists reported.

    December 18, 2017 10:57am CST
    Witness: "You just knew when you saw it that something horrible happened"


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    I've been following this all day. Last I heard 6 died. So sad, especially now around Christmas. I can't believe they spent all that money for this train just to get someplace 15 minutes sooner.

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    Derailed train was traveling down new Amtrak route

    Dec 18, 2017


    The Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma, Washington today was the first to carry paying passengers down a new route, the local transit authority confirms to ABC News.

    The track had previously carried freight trains, but had been recently updated to accommodate Amtrak's passenger trains.

    The new route — which moved trains inland — was an attempt to "improve passenger train reliability" by reducing the number of tight curves and single-track tunnels, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation press release issued last week.

    Amtrak said the faster route would allow the carrier to add two additional round trips between Seattle and Portland.

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    Not sure how this is going to turn out, but at least one traveler (the formal Eagle Scout who was 1st on the scene to help injured passengers) stated he was going between 60-65 MPH on the freeway adjacent to the tracks and the train sped past, overtaking him. The curve going onto the overpass where the derailment happened, has a speed limit of 30 MPH. Estimated speed of the train has been stated as approx. 81 MPH. Scares the hell out of me because I have traveled those rails many times in the past decade. Not this particular train/route, but.............still scares the hell out of me if speed is determine to be a factor. We trust these people with our lives............. We shall see what caused this horrific event, I am hoping for something unavoidable/freak accident or I will never be able to board a train again.

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    Amtrak train traveled 80 mph before it derailed, NTSB says

    Dec 19, 2017


    DUPONT, Washington - The Amtrak train that derailed Monday in Washington state was traveling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone, National Transportation Safety Board board member T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said.

    It's too early to tell why the train had been traveling at that speed, she said. But NTSB investigators arrived Monday to DuPont, where a passenger train had run off the tracks, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100 others. They'll spend their first full day at the scene Tuesday.

    The Amtrak Cascades 501 was making its first trip on a new service route between Seattle and Portland when most of its train cars derailed, tumbling several of them off the Interstate 5 overpass with rush hour traffic below, authorities said.

    All the deaths were contained to the train, said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

    -- Investigators were able to get the information about the speed from a data recorder retrieved from the rear locomotive. But the front locomotive "is more difficult to access," said NTSB's Dinh-Zarr.

    -- The train's engineer has not yet been interviewed, but the NTSB hopes to have all interviews completed "within the next day or so," Dinh-Zarr said.

    -- Amtrak President & Co-CEO Richard Anderson said "Positive Train Control" was not activated on the tracks when the derailment happened. PTC is a technology that automatically slows down, and eventually stops, a train if it senses it is going too fast.

    -- PTC was installed in the segment of tracks where the derailment happened, but wasn't operational yet. The target date to have it working was spring quarter of 2018, said Geoff Patrick, spokesperson of Sound Transit, which owns tracks where the train derailed.

    -- More than 100 people were transported to hospitals in Pierce and Thurston counties, DuPont Fire Chief Larry Creekmore said. Ten people were seriously injured and one was life-flighted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesperson.

    The train, which had been the first trip on a new service route, had departed at 6 a.m. Monday and had made two stops before the crash. The Amtrak train derailed about 7:40 a.m. in DuPont, about 20 miles south of Tacoma, near the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

    Apparently, the train came out of a curve and ran off the track while crossing or approaching an open trestle over I-5. The following rail cars derailed in a jumble on both sides of the track, with some falling to the road below and landing on vehicles and one rail car dangling precariously over the highway.

    Several motorists in vehicles that were struck by the fallen train cars suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities among people in those vehicles, the sheriff's office said. Five cars and two semi-trucks were involved in the crash, said Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova at a news conference.

    There were 86 people on board at the time, said Magliari.

    The NTSB and local authorities have not said what caused the crash, but questions were quickly raised about the train's speed as it hit a curve.

    Most of the route was graded for a maximum speed of 79 mph; the speed limit on the curve where the crash occurred is 30 mph, said Rachelle Cunningham with Sound Transit.

    Witnesses said they saw the train traveling at a fast speed.

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