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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.

Story source:  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amtrak-derailment-train-crashes-near-tacoma-washington-n830751

 

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