The derailment of a high speed train on Monday near the east coast of the United States in Washington state resulted in several fatalities and at least 77 individuals being sent to hospital. 

Officials reportedly warned of issues that could occur on the train’s inaugural travel, according to AP news agency.

Emergency services responded on the I-5 highway, where at least one of the carriages flipped onto the road from a bridge above the motorway.

Local police said there were fatalities and some individuals were trapped in the train for hours following the crash.

Although there were multiple injuries, the Pierce County Sheriff’s office said that no one driving on the highway were killed.

Governor Jay Inslee issued a statement on the train crash in Washington state, calling the situation an “ongoing emergency.”

“Today’s tragic incident in Pierce County is a serious and ongoing emergency. Trudi and I are holding in our hearts everyone on board, and are praying for the many injured,” he said.

“They are our top priority, and I know first responders are doing everything to ensure everyone has the care they need.”

Amtrak 501

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Image of the crash scene from social media.

The Amtrak 501 crash occurred near DuPont, southwest of Tacoma, around 7:30 a.m. local time, some 45 minutes into its travel between Portland and Seattle travelling at more than 130 km.

There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board the train, Amtrak said.

It was the first time a southbound Amtrak passenger train had run a new section of track titled Point Defiance Bypass, parallel to Interstate 5.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and President  Donald Trump “is aware and we are monitoring the situation”, according to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Trump tweeted hours later that the crash “shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly.”

“Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!”

Video from the scene

Twitter user Greg Mukai. 

More details to follow. Image 1 of Amtrak train from KING. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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