Search icon


18th Dec 2017

At least six dead and dozens injured as Amtrak train in the US derails

This is a developing story.

At least six fatalities have now been reported.

An Amtrak train carrying approximately 78 passengers and five crew members has derailed 64km outside Seattle, Washington state.

The vehicle, Train 501, was on the maiden day of a new €150m high-speed service between Seattle and Portland and was travelling at 128kph at the time.

It derailed while crossing a bridge over Interstate 5 near DuPont, Washington around 7:40am Pacific Time, causing at least one car to fall onto the freeway below.

The Seattle Times is reporting that at least six are dead. CBS News reports that a total of 77 patients are currently being treated for injuries, with four classed as critical.

It is believed that no motorists driving on the freeway were killed.