Several people were killed Monday after an Amtrak train derailed while traveling on the first day of a new route outside Tacoma, Washington.
“There have been multiple casualties as a result of the Amtrak derailment near Tacoma, Washington,” Pierce County spokesman Ed Troyer said of the 7:40 a.m. incident. “The casualties include multiple injuries and fatalities.”
The cause is under investigation, Troyer said. There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board, Amtrak said.
Passenger Chris Karnes told MSNBC that the train derailed while traveling on tracks that are part of a new route in and out of Tacoma. The southbound train had just passed the city of Dupont and was traveling about 70 mph, he said.
“At a certain point the train started to wobble a little bit and the next thing that we knew we were down in a ditch,” Karnes, member of a local transportation advisory group, said. “The train had crumpled.”