Washington train crash: Deaths as rail carriages fall on US motorway

Train carriages have plummeted on to a motorway in Washington state, causing “multiple” fatalities, police say.

The train derailed and the carriages fell on to the I-5 highway below.

Images from the scene show emergency services treating people on the ground. It appears that at least four carriages have left the track; one of them is upside down on the highway.

Several cars on the highway were struck by the derailed carriages, the Pierce County Sheriff’s department says.

Sheriff department spokesman Ed Troyer has told local media that there are fatalities and people still trapped on the train.

Image showing two carriages off the rails, one on top of the other, on a road in Washington StateTROOPER BROOKE BOVA/WASHINGTON STATE PATROL
Image captionA trooper from Washington State Patrol tweeted this image from the scene

Among motorists caught up in the incident there were a number of people injured but no one killed, the department said.

The incident happened near DuPont, which is southwest of Tacoma.

Map showing location of train crash near Du Pont, Washington State

The was the first time an Amtrak train carrying passengers southbound had run on a new section of track running parallel to I-5, called the Point Defiance Bypass.

The crash occurred around 07:30 (15:30 GMT), about 45 minutes into train 501’s journey between Portland and Seattle.

Image captionAll traffic on I-5 has been stopped

Before the crash, it was travelling at more than 80mph (130km/h), with at least 75 people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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