[BREAKING] Train derails in Washington, multiple deaths reported

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Several motorists in vehicles that were struck by the fallen train cars suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities among people in those vehicles, the sheriff's office said. All but one auto jumped the tracks.

"All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill", Karnes said.

A train crew member told an emergency dispatcher the train came around a corner before the bridge and then "we went on the ground", according to an audio recording posted by Broadcastify.com.

She said all of the train cars have been searched, and emergency efforts would likely extend through the night and into the morning.

Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended.

At least three people on board were killed, local authorities said, contradicting a US official briefed on the investigation who said that at least six were dead.

The $181 million Point Defiance Bypass project had been in the works for more than a decade.

"We will do everything in our power to support these passengers, our employees and their families". The accident took place when the train entered a curve as it travelled at 170kph, twice the permitted speed. The trains were expected to reach speeds of 79 miles (127 kilometers) per hour through the densely populated area with the improved systems and track.

Local sources reported that Don Anderson, mayor of the nearby town of Lakewood, opposed the new route because of what he called insufficient safety measures. "They are our top priority, and I know first responders are doing everything to ensure everyone has the care they need".

US President Donald Trump used the tragedy to push for his proposed infrastructure reform before offering his condolences 10 minutes later. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!

Chris Karnes was on the train Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle, three or four cars back from the front.

At the time, analysts said positive train control technology could have prevented the accident.



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