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After Amtrak Crash, Trump Plugs 'Soon To Be Submitted Infrastructure Plan'

19 December, 2017, 11:10 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • At least three killed in Amtrak derailment

In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said local police were the primary responders and there was no information suggesting "an elevated risk to Washington residents".

Amtrak 501: "Emergency, emergency, emergency".

The chart, dated February 7, was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration in anticipation of the start of passenger service along a new bypass route that shaves off 10 minutes for the trip between Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

No one who was driving in a auto or truck was killed.

The Associated Press, citing an unnamed USA official, said investigators are also looking into the possibility that an obstruction on the track may have caused the deadly accident.

It was not clear how fast the train was moving at the precise moment when it derailed.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was sending a team of investigators to the site.

Just after the train derailed, the conductor spoke with dispatch, in a conversation obtained by Broadcastify.com. "People were screaming." Karnes said the tracks were supposed to have been upgraded to accommodate higher speeds.

After the dispatcher asked whether everyone was OK, the crew member replied, "I am still figuring that out". Engineer, can (you) comply with stop indications?

The derailment was Amtrak's second in Washington state this year.

The back of his train vehicle was wide open because it had separated from the rest of the train, so he and others were able to jump out to safety.

Amid the chaos, people were pinned under the train.

He called it a miracle an infant child he saw from the scene appeared completely unharmed.

Emergency crews respond to the scene of a train derailment in Washington state, December 18, 2017.

The incident happened south of Seattle.

President Donald Trump on Monday used a multi-casualty train crash to plug his promise to invest in the nation's infrastructure.

Monday's southbound train, which was scheduled to depart Seattle at 6 a.m. for Portland, was the first to run along the new route, which uses tracks owned by a local commuter line.

The derailment occurred on the first day Amtrak trains began using the new inland route between the Washington cities of Tacoma and Olympia, part of a 154 million euro ($181 million) project to cut travel time.

Eric Corp, a councilman for the small city of DuPont near the derailment, said he rode the train with about 30 or so dignitaries and others on a special trip Friday before the service opened to the public Monday.

"We moved down to the trains that were more seriously damaged that had flipped upside down, and luckily I had brought a headlamp with me from my auto, because the trains were all dark, and there was a lot of wreckage, and some of them were upside down or the roofs were caved in", Konzelman said.

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