Deaths feared as train derails on highway bridge in Washington state

Kristen Gonzales
December 19, 2017

AT LEAST six people were reported to have died and 77 were injured yesterday when a train derailed on a bridge in the USA, sending carriages crashing down on to a highway. Nine of the injured are in a serious condition.

The train was travelling from Seattle to Portland using a new route when it derailed on a curve.

"Alicia and I met them as fast as we could, made sure that they were OK, made sure that they weren't bleeding out and escorted them down to the freeway", where first responders could reach them, he said.

"No fatalities on the roadway".

The train that derailed Monday during the morning rush hour left the track as it was about to cross over southbound lanes of I-5 near the south end of the bypass.

Survivor Chris Karnes said the train had passed the city of DuPont when he heard "rocking and creaking".

Karnes said the train's lights went out and water came gushing out of the ceiling.

"There was one person who was injured in our auto, and I was sent to go find help for them".

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Local officials had anxious about trains going at higher speeds through the curves in the area. "People were screaming." Karnes said the tracks were supposed to have been upgraded to accommodate higher speeds.

An Amtrak train hurtled over a bridge across Interstate 5 in Washington State on Monday, which the Associated Press reported led to the deaths of six people and an estimated 77 injuries.

"I shot this video on board the #Amtrak501 in the 6 o clock hour this morning", Alex Rozier said on Twitter.

"Come back when there is that accident and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens", he told local outlet KOMO news earlier in December.

President Donald Trump on Monday used a multi-casualty train crash to plug his promise to invest in the nation's infrastructure.

"The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly", he wrote.

A preliminary investigation suggested the train struck an object on the track.

At the time, analysts said positive train control technology could have prevented the accident.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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