An Amtrak passenger train derailed on its first day of traveling at higher speeds killing three passengers according to Washington State Patrol and injuring more than 70 others according to news reports. The wreck tumbled train cars on to the lanes of southbound Interstate-5 as well as an embankment to the south of the rail over-pass crossing the freeway just south of Joint Base Lewis McCord. One train car remains dangling precariously over the I-5 lanes to the north side of the over-pass where several cars and trucks were inundated by the wreckage. Miraculously nobody in cars on the freeway were killed, according to the Pierce Co. Sheriff's Department.
According to the Associated Press, the derailment may have been connected to an object or debris on the tracks.
Just two weeks ago, elected officials in nearby Lakewood, WA voiced concerns about rail safety as train speeds were allowed to drive faster based on reducing travel times and the completion of safety improvements on this rail corridor south of Tacoma.
ed: yesterday KVI.com attributed six deaths in the Amtrak train derailment based on other media reports. This information has now been revised downward to three deaths based on information from Washington State Patrol.