Derailment Kills 'Multiple People'
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.
Our statement on today's Amtrak Cascades derailment. pic.twitter.com/BxORZ9cMqV— Washington State DOT (@wsdot) December 18, 2017
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.
The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2017