An Amtrak train derailed on Monday 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. crash in DuPont, Washington, train cars remained dangling from the overpass, with others strewn across Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said it was still possible that passengers remained inside some of the cars perched on the overpass but speculated anyone still aboard was probably dead.
The train carried 77 passengers and seven crew, officials said. Previously they had said there were five crew members.
“It was just a scene of chaos and piles of twisted metal,” said Ted Danek, administrator for the city of Dupont who visited the site shortly after the derailment.