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article imageAmtrak train derailed leaves one car dangling from overpass

By Karen Graham     Dec 18, 2017 in World
An Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday southwest of Seattle and landed on Interstate 5 on the first day of service on the route. Multiple injuries and fatalities were reported.
The derailment caused multiple cars to spill off an Interstate 5 overpass in Pierce County, Washington, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, leaving one car dangling, reports ABC News.
The Amtrak Cascades 501 train was on its inaugural run on the high-speed rail line, traveling from Seattle to Portland, Oregon. The derailment occurred around 07:30 a.m. local time (15:30 GMT) about 45 minutes into the journey. Before the accident, the train was traveling at 80 mph (130 kmh), with at least 75 people aboard.
According to an online schedule, the 501 train is one of Amtrak's Cascades trains, which they say "connect 18 cities along the I-5 corridor including Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, BC, and Eugene, Oregon."
The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted: "NTSB is gathering information about an accident involving an Amtrak passenger train near Seattle, Washington. Additional information to follow when available."
One witness, Danae Orlob told CNN there was a semi and a crushed truck underneath the train cars. "We came around the corner and it had to have just happened...there were no police there yet. There was one link of the train off to one side and the other on the other side of the freeway. There were crushed cars underneath. There was an insane amount of fire trucks and ambulances heading towards us."
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 are closed and the Washington State Police are diverting traffic at Dupont.
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