At least six people were killed and more than 70 were injured when a high-speed passenger train derailed outside Tacoma, causing several train cars to tumble from a highway overpass.
In a statement, Amtrak said the train that derailed was Train 501 operating from Seattle to Portland.
The service was supposed to be rated for a maximum speed of 79 miles per hour for the section where it derailed in DuPont, according to passenger Chris Karnes.
'Next thing, we're being slammed into the front of our seats.' People kicked out windows to escape, he said.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said several cars on I5 were struck by derailed Amtrak train cars and that multiple motorists injured on roadway.
It said the injured people were receiving treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital, Allenmore Hospital ad Tacoma General Hospital in the Pierce County, Washington State on the USA west coast.
However, Amtrak reported the train to have exceeded its maximum speed, and was traveling at 81 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
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A footage of a local TV showed that at least one rail vehicle fell off a bridge over a traffic-clogged highway. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of experts to investigate the incident.
"We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway", he said. All told, the project's budget was almost $181 million.
"I knew right away that this was a major accident, that there was probably going to be some pretty, pretty graphic fatalities and injuries, so I prepared myself for the worst going in - and I hoped for the best - and there was both", he said.
"Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens", Anderson said, according to a local ABC affiliate.
In a tweet, President Donald Trump said: "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the train accident in DuPont, Wash". Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!
The incident marks Amtrak's second derailment in Washington State this year.