Derailed US train was going 80 mph in 30 mph zone: transport authority

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DuPont, United States - The passenger train that derailed in Washington state was travelling 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone, transport investigators said late Monday.

Bella Dinh-Zarr of the National Transportation Safety Board told journalists "it's too early to tell" why the train was travelling at such a fast speed, an estimate that came from preliminary information obtained from an event data recorder in the rear locomotive.

The Amtrak train, which Dinh-Zarr said was likely carrying some 80 people, was travelling on a new route for the first time before plunging off a bridge onto a busy highway, leaving at least three people dead.

Train on new route derails in Washington state

  • An Amtrak train derailed on Monday during its inaugural run on a faster route from Seattle to Portland, Oregon,
  • sending passenger cars tumbling from a bridge onto a major highway, killing at least three people and injuring about 100 others.
  • Thirteen of the train's 14 cars jumped the tracks near the town of DuPont, Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.
  • Officials said 77 passengers and seven crew were aboard.
  • Five vehicles and two trucks were involved in the accident, and the highway was littered with fragments of the bridge and tree branches.
  • Some motorists were injured but none died, authorities said.