Monday, 18 December 2017

Three die as train derails on highway bridge and hits cars in Washington state, US official says

A total of 3 people have died after a train derailed while crossing a highway bridge in Washington state.
The Amtrak 501 train was the first ever high-speed commuter service to use the new track from Seattle to Portland, launched at 6am on Monday.

3 deaths have been confirmed by a US official.

An official briefed on the investigation said preliminary signs indicated the train may have struck something on the track before being derailed.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency at about 10.40am (6.40pm GMT) due to the "loss of life, injuries and damage to infrastructure".

The sheriff's office said "multiple" motorists were injured when their vehicles were hit but no fatalities have been reported.

A total of 77 people have been taken to hospital, a statement from local hospitals said.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that his "thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved" in the accident.

SKY                  News.