Amtrak crash shows why we need infrastructure plan

Train derails onto motorway in Washington US

The incident happened around 7:30 Monday morning when Amtrak train 501 derailed onto Interstate 5 in the city of Dupont, about 50 miles southwest of Seattle.

Opponents said the route, which shortened the trip between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, would expose vehicle and pedestrian traffic to faster trains at more than a half-dozen street-level crossings in Lakewood.

A section of the Amtrak train 501 derailed as it crossed a bridge over a major highway in Washington State.

Earlier, an official who was briefed on the investigation had said six people had died. Once we all came to a stop I was able to look up and see, unfortunately, this scary thing of. a train hanging off of the overpass.

Train service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended, Amtrak said.

It left Seattle around 6am, according to an Amtrak schedule, and was due in Portland about three and a half hours later. No alternate transportation will be available, Amtrak said.

Moments before the derailment, the train was going 81.1 miles per hour, according to, which maps train speeds using data from Amtrak's train tracker app.

It was not immediately clear whether the derailment was connected to the new route. We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway.

Amtrak's co-chief executive, Richard Anderson, declined to speculate on the cause while speaking to reporters on Monday. Part of that retrofit was to include positive train control systems that can prevent risky situations such as excessive speed. Sound Transit commuter line, which owns the track, reported in September that it did not yet have PTC in operation.

US President Donald Trump said the accident underscored the need to invest in infrastructure.

The maximum speed along the stretch of track, known as Point Defiance Bypass, is 79mph, according to information about the project posted online by the Washington State Department of Transportation.



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