“Several Fatalities”, as Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state

UPDATE – SIX THREE FATALITIES CONFIRMED

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An Amtrak passenger train derailed on Monday during its inaugural run along a faster route through Washington state, sending part of the train crashing down onto a major highway and killing an unknown number of passengers, authorities said.

The derailment caused “multiple fatalities,” Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the local sheriff’s office, told reporters at the scene, though he did not offer a specific number. The train struck several cars on the highway, he added, causing injuries but no additional deaths.

Seventy-seven people were transported to hospitals in Pierce and Thurston counties, the Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan Health healthcare network said in a statement. Four of them were considered “level red” patients with the most severe injuries.

Approximately 78 passengers and five crew members were aboard the train, Amtrak said in a statement.

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13 Responses to “Several Fatalities”, as Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    This is so scary. You can’t trust the gov any more at all.

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  2. Lucille says:

    Horrible and terrifying. You likely know that the I-5 is one of the major West Coast Interstates. I’m amazed that there weren’t dozens of cars hit.

    Interesting that this was an inaugural run. Totally speculative, of course, but suspicions should rest on how much publicity this got and what potential terror groups are working in the area who would take advantage of the information.

    It’s been years since I rode on a train. Do they require seat belts at all times? Seems to me that they don’t.

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  3. nyetneetot says:

    Mrs Nyet came to where I am with the oldest until after New Years. I don’t think she’s heard about this yet. Also, it’s about 30-40 miles South of Seattle so she probably still wouldn’t have heard about if she were home.

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  4. John Denney says:

    I got busted doing triple the speed limit once.

    In a Hobie Cat.

    Doing 15 in a 5.

    Liked by 1 person

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