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Passengers killed when Amtrak train on new route derails in Washington State

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Updated: 07:21 GMT, Dec 19, 2017 | Published: 04:16 GMT, Dec 19, 2017 |
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An Amtrak train derailed on Monday (December 18) in Washington state during its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge onto a major highway, killing at least three riders and injuring about 100 people.

Thirteen of the train’s 14 cars jumped the tracks, Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said. Five vehicles and two trucks were involved in the accident, and the highway was littered with fragments of the bridge and tree branches. Some motorists were injured but none died, authorities said.

Local officials confirmed three fatalities and more than 100 transported hospitals. The Seattle Times newspaper and Seattle TV station KOMO reported six deaths, citing emergency authorities.

Several hours after the 7:40 a.m. (1540 GMT) crash in DuPont, Washington, train cars remained dangling from the overpass, with others strewn across Interstate 5.

The train carried 77 passengers and seven crew, officials said. Previously they had said there were five crew members.

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