At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails going 80 mph in 30-mph zone: NTSB

Posted on December 19, 2017

By: Emily Shapiro, Whitney Lloyd, Jeffrey Cook, and Kelly McCarthy – ABC News

At least three people died and dozens were injured after an Amtrak train derailed on the inaugural run of a new route in Washington state Monday morning, with part of the train careening off an overpass onto a heavily trafficked highway below, a local official said.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said late Monday local time that the train was going 80 mph around a curve that had a 30 mph speed limit. She said the NTSB had yet to interview the train's engineer and crew and was unaware whether they knew the curve had a 30 mph limit.

None of the deaths were among those who were on the roadway of Interstate 5 when the train cars fell, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. However, several motorists on the highway near Dupont, about 20 miles south of Tacoma, were injured when their vehicles were struck by the derailed train…

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