Numerous men and women had been killed on Monday morning soon after an Amtrak train they were traveling on derailed in Washington State on Monday morning, according to nearby authorities.
At least 1 vehicle was left dangling more than a highway from an overpass with another flipped upside down on the road beneath, according to photographs posted by the neighborhood authorities.
“When we got to the scene it was clear that there had been some fatalities and there had been a lot of injuries,” Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman with the sheriff in Pierce County, Wash., told local television reporters.
Vehicles and trucks on the highway had been struck by the train, but the fatalities were restricted to these aboard the train, Detective Troyer said. The train, No. 501, was carrying about 78 passengers and 5 crew members, according to Amtrak.
Steve Crimmins, battalion chief with Lacey Fire District 3, confirmed in a telephone interview there were fatalities but he did not know how numerous.
In addition, he stated there have been “multiple” critically injured patients. Medics have been nonetheless evaluating the injured and transporting individuals he said.
Firefighters had been called around 7:30 a.m. nearby time. The derailment occurred on a railroad overpass above Interstate five, which is the key north-south route, he mentioned.
Amtrak mentioned the train, No. 501, was headed south from Seattle to Portland. The accident occurred about 15 miles east of Olympia, Wash.
“Emergency solutions are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding,” it stated in a statement.
Amtrak service was suspended south of Seattle.
The National Transportation Security Board said it was gathering info about the accident.
According to an Amtrak schedule, train No. 501 was scheduled to leave Seattle at six a.m. and arrive in Portland at about 9:20 a.m.
Published at Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:02:37 +0000