Amtrak Train Derails in Washington State, Fatalities Reported

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Posted: Dec 18, 2017 1:45 PM
Amtrak Train Derails in Washington State, Fatalities Reported

An Amtrak train derailed on an overpass in Washington state Monday morning. At least two train cars fell onto the highway beneath the overpass. The Associated Press is now reporting that there are at least six fatalities.

President Trump responded to the incident on Twitter.

The train was making its first run along a new route when the derailment occurred. Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard at the time, according to Amtrak.

"We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve," passenger Chris Karnes told CBS News. "And all of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and then all of a sudden it felt like we were heading down a hill, and the next thing that we know, we're being slammed into the front of our seats, and the windows are breaking, and then we stop, and there's water that's gushing out of the top of the train and all the lights go out and people are screaming." 

"The tracks for this line were supposed to be upgraded to be able to handle higher speeds," he added. "So, I'm not sure what happened at this juncture."

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Karnes said that at least seven cars derailed and the emergency doors were not functioning properly, so passengers kicked out train windows to exit.