6 killed, 22 people hospitalized in USA train derailment

6 killed, 22 people hospitalized in USA train derailment

6 killed, 22 people hospitalized in USA train derailment

The train was going at a speed of 81.1mph moments before the derailment, according to transitdocs.com, a website that maps Amtrak train locations and speeds using data from the railroad's train tracker app.

Survivor Chris Karnes said the train had passed the city of DuPont when he heard "rocking and creaking".

Troyer put no number on the fatalities, but local media said at least three people were killed.

Traffic cameras showed a carriage dangling off the bridge onto the highway, blocking the busy road.

"Alicia and I met them as fast as we could, made sure that they were OK, made sure that they weren't bleeding out and escorted them down to the freeway", where first responders could reach them, he said.

CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV reports first responders are treating the derailment as a mass casualty incident.

"The next thing we know, we're being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there's water gushing out of the train".

A conductor in one of the two engines on the train placed the emergency call. However, it derailed 7:30 am local time in the city of DuPont, Washington. "We got off after shooting the video. We will do everything in our power to support our passengers and crew and their families".

The train was reportedly travelling at more than 80 miles per hour when it derailed.

In early December, Don Anderson - the mayor of Lakewood, Washington, a Tacoma suburb just a few miles from the accident site - had warned that more needed to be done to ensure safety on the route.

"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.

US President Donald Trump used the tragedy to push for his proposed infrastructure reform before offering his condolences 10 minutes later. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!

The maximum speed along the stretch of track, known as Point Defiance Bypass, is 79mph, according to information about the project posted online by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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