Amtrak Train Wreck Leaves Six Dead, At Least 50 Hospitalized

Cars from an Amtrak train lay spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks above Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. The Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off the overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing some 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The derailment of an Amtrak train on its inaugural trip has left six people dead and at least 50 more hospitalized. A total of 70 people on the train and driving along Interstate 5 in Washington state on Monday morning were injured.

According to the Associated Press,

An official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that preliminary signs indicate that Train 501 may have struck something before going off the track about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

President Trump tweeted about the wreck and used the moment to emphasize his infrastructure proposal before tweeting out condolences to those injured…10 minutes later.