Trump calls for infrastructure investment after fatal Amtrak crash in Dupont

An Amtrak train derailment hangs over an overpass along I-5 south of Seattle on Dec 18th 2017

AT LEAST six people were reported to have died and 77 were injured yesterday when a train derailed on a bridge in the U.S., sending carriages crashing down on to a highway.

The Amtrak 501 train was the first train of a high-speed Cascades commuter service from Seattle to Portland launched on Monday morning.

Passenger Chris Karnes told CBS News: "We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve".

"The next thing we know, we're being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there's water gushing out of the train".

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said several cars on I5 were struck by derailed Amtrak train cars and that multiple motorists injured on roadway.

"When we got to the scene, it was obvious there were fatalities and injuries, and some people were able to get off the train", Troyer said.

The train was making its inaugural voyage along a new inland route between the cities of Tacoma and Olympia. It was the first time the public used a new bypass built on an existing rail line along the highway from Tacoma, Washington to DuPont, near where the train derailed. The locomotive and several of the train's passenger cars landed on the interstate.

It's still not clear what caused the train to derail but the The National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

"We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway", he said. "Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding", it said in an earlier tweet.

The train was reportedly travelling at more than 80 miles per hour when it derailed.

The state's Department of Transportation says it does not know when that stretch of I-5 will reopen.

Local sources reported that Don Anderson, mayor of the nearby town of Lakewood, opposed the new route because of what he called insufficient safety measures. "Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens" Anderson said.

An Amtrak train hurtled over a bridge across Interstate 5 in Washington State on Monday, which the Associated Press reported led to the deaths of six people and an estimated 77 injuries. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!

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