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Deadly Amtrak Derailment Shows Need to Immediately Fix Nation's Infrastructure

19 December 2017, 11:03 | Lucy Hill

Deadly Amtrak Derailment Shows Need to Immediately Fix Nation's Infrastructure

Derailed US train was going 80mph in 30mph zone, says transport authority

Several people have been killed and at least 20 others were taken to hospital after a passenger train in the United States derailed about 40 miles south of Seattle, sending a number of carriages plunging on to a major highway.

Officials gave no reason for the derailment of southbound Amtrak train 501, the inaugural run of a new service that promised faster connections between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

'Next thing, we're being slammed into the front of our seats.' People kicked out windows to escape, he said. The Pierce County sheriff's office confirms there were "multiple fatalities" and many people injured in the crash, which left the train dangling onto a busy freeway between Olympia and DuPont.

It said the injured people were receiving treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital, Allenmore Hospital ad Tacoma General Hospital in the Pierce County, Washington State on the US west coast.

National Transportation Safety Board officials are launching an investigation into a high-speed Amtrak train that derailed between Tacoma and Olympia on Monday. "WSP is investigating this incident". The locomotive and several of the train's passenger cars landed on the interstate.

He said he and Hoverson climbed inside the trains and moved wreckage out of the way to find passengers who might be stuck inside. "Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding", it said in an earlier tweet.

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"We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway", he said. However, it derailed 7:30 am local time in the city of DuPont, Washington.

"I shot this video on board the #Amtrak501 in the 6 o clock hour this morning", Alex Rozier said on Twitter. The trains were expected to reach speeds of 79 miles (127 kilometers) per hour through the densely populated area with the improved systems and track.

"Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements", he said, according to KOMO News. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!

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.

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



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