6 killed, 22 people hospitalized in United States train derailment

Bryan Strickland
December 19, 2017

But on the Washington train, the technology was only expected to be used next year when it is activated on the entire rail corridor, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Amtrak reported in a statement that 78 passengers and five crew members were aboard the train when it crashed. Some motorists were injured but none died, authorities said.

It also happened on the first day of a new route for Amtrak trains moving between Tacoma and the state capital of Olympia.

It was not immediately clear what has caused the incident, which occurred around 7:30 a.m. (1530 UTC) local time, although one official later said that track obstruction was a possible reason.

"We moved down to the trains that were more seriously damaged that had flipped upside down, and luckily I had brought a headlamp with me from my auto, because the trains were all dark, and there was a lot of wreckage, and some of them were upside down or the roofs were caved in", Konzelman said.

Karnes said that people had escaped the wreckage by kicking out windows.

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"Multiple cars and trucks were struck by train cars that left the train tracks and went down onto the road", a spokesman for the sheriff's office said. "They were breathing but not conscious", he said.

"There was a huge impact on the side of the train, and I just went flying to the other end of the auto".

The scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over interstate highway I-5 in DuPont, Washington, December 18, 2017. There are people who seem to have concussions. Thank you to all of our wonderful First Responders who are on the scene.

"Amtrak 501, emergency emergency emergency, we are on the ground", he said, according to an audio recording of the call. "I'm so grateful I got to be there because I know that if I was in that situation, I would want somebody to help me". I couldn't see anything.

"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.

In a tweet, President Donald Trump said: "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the train accident in DuPont, Wash".

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