According to MSNBC, Several people were killed and dozens were injured Monday after an Amtrak train derailed while traveling on the first day of a new route outside Tacoma, Washington, careening off a bridge and onto a highway below.
“The casualties include multiple injuries and fatalities,” Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, said of the 7:40 a.m. crash.
No motorists were killed, officials said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was launching a team to determine what happened.
There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board the train headed from Seattle to Portland, Amtrak said.
The derailment happened on a newly established Amtrak routeaimed at adding more frequent, more reliable and faster service between Seattle and Portland, part of an $800 million project called the Cascades High-Speed Rail Capital Program.