At Least 6 Dead After Train Derails at 81 Mph Near Seattle

DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people, authorities said.Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard when the train moving at more than 80 mph derailed about 40 miles south of Seattle before 8 a.m., Amtrak said. The death toll was expected to rise.There was no immediate word on why the train left the tracks.The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said several vehicles on Interstate 5 were struck by falling train cars and multiple motorists were injured. No fatalities of motorists were reported.Chris Karnes was on the train, three or four cars back from the front."I'm not sure what got hit. I'm not sure what happened," Karnes said.  Continue reading...

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