The scene of a portion of the Interstate I-5 highway after an Amtrak high speed train derailed from an overpass on 18 December, 2017 near the city of Tacoma, Washington state.
Audio from an emergency call from inside an Amtrak train that derailed Monday morning depicts the chilling details right after the crash.
Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the train had 12 cars and two engines traveling between Tacoma and Portland, Oregon.
Six died on February 3, 2015 outside New York City when a packed commuter train and a vehicle which was crossing the track collided, leaving six dead and 15 injured.
- May 12, 2015: Amtrak Train 188 was travelling at twice the 50 miles per hour speed limit as it entered a sharp curve in Philadelphia and derailed.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team from DC to Washington state to investigate the derailment, the agency's official Twitter account confirms.More news: Twitter reacts to the triumphant return of Aaron Rodgers
Monday night, officials updated the number of people aboard the train at the time. Authorities reported "injuries and casualties" but did not immediately have more information. "We got off after shooting the video.
Emergency! We are on the ground", said the train's conductor.
The $181 million Point Defiance Bypass project had been in the works for more than a decade.
KOMO quoted the mayor saying, "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".
Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended.
"I'm not sure what happened", he said.
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and motorists were being warned to avoid the area. "We will do everything in our power to support our passengers and crew and their families".