A US train was travelled 80mph in a 30mph zone when it derailed killing at least three people as it plunged from a bridge onto a motorway below, authorities say.
The scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed in DuPont An investigation revealed the train had been travelling 50mph above the speed limit before carriages hurtled off the tracks and plummeted onto the I-5 road, hitting vehicles.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) used information gathered from an onboard data recorder to determine the train’s speed.
NTSB board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said it is not yet known what caused the train to derail and that it’s too early to tell why it was going so fast.
A number of those injured are in a critical condition, authorities said today.
The scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed in DuPont Seventy-seven passengers and seven crew members were on board when the train derailed and pulled 13 cars off the tracks at 7.30am (3.30pm GMT) near DuPont, about 30 miles south of Seattle.
In a radio transmission immediately after the accident, the conductor can be heard saying the train was coming around a corner and was crossing a bridge when it derailed.
He can be heard stating: “Emergency! We are on the ground!”
The scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed in DuPont Passenger Aleksander Kristiansen, a 24-year-old exchange student, said: I was just coming out of the bathroom when the accident happened. My car just started shaking really, really badly.
Things were falling off the shelf. Right away, you knew that this was not something minor.
He added that he was one of the lucky ones because he was able to jump out the back door of his carriage, which was in the middle of the train, to safety.
Passing neurosurgeon Dr Nathan Selden offered to help and said it was a miracle that one child escaped unscathed.
President Donald Trump used the deadly derailment to call for more infrastructure spending in a tweet sent about three hours after the accident. He went on to share a video of himself paying tribute to the victims.
Federal investigators are continuing investigations at the scene.