Derailment Kills 'Multiple People'

A train car was dangling from the track over a stalled Interstate 5 and another train car was smashed on the highway, photos of the aftermath show. Thirteen cars jumped the track, Washington State Trooper Brooke Bova told reporters. The train cars struck five vehicles and two semi-trucks below as they fell, state officials said. None of the drivers below were killed.

There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board the Amtrak Cascades, which was traveling from Seattle to Portland, about 8 a.m. when it derailed, Amtrak said. Few details were available about what caused the derailment. At a news conference Monday, Bella Dinh-Zarr, an official with the National Transportation Safety Board, said it’s too soon to tell whether speed played a factor in the accident.

About 77 people were taken to nearby hospitals, and at least four of them sustained critical injuries, CNN reported, citing Cary Evans, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health.

At a news conference and in a pair of tweets Monday, President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the victims of the derailment, but said the country’s infrastructure needs improvement. Trump tweeted that the derailment in Washington “shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly.” “Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!” he wrote.

Charitable Foundation Winston Churchill collects money to help victims in Washington state when the train crashes Amtrak. Donate

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