Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard when the train derailed just before 8am, Amtrak said. I was pinballing around on the floor of the auto trying to catch a table leg or something.
"I'm not sure what got hit". It was pitch black, and there was dust falling.
It remains unclear what caused the crash.
A local reporter for local NBC affiliate KING 5 News captured video footage aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in DuPont, Washington, on Monday. All told, the project's budget was almost $181 million. Indeed, as local media noted earlier this month, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson even predicted a deadly accident would come of it.
But on the Washington train, the technology was only expected to be used next year when it is activated on the entire rail corridor, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
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He said he and Hoverson climbed inside the trains and moved wreckage out of the way to find passengers who might be stuck inside.
Konzelman, an Eagle Scout who said he knew a lot about first aid and being a first responder, tried to prepare himself mentally before entering the train cars today, he said today.
Interstate 5 is the West Coast's major north-south transport artery, carrying passengers from the USA border with Canada to its southern frontier with Mexico. "They're asking all drivers that can stay home to not drive at this time near this incident, as there are very few alternative routes".
"I knew right away that this was a major accident, that there was probably going to be some pretty, pretty graphic fatalities and injuries, so I prepared myself for the worst going in - and I hoped for the best - and there was both", he said.
The deadly crash "shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly", tweeted President Trump, who was briefed on the derailment.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2017My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the train accident in DuPont, Washington. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of experts to investigate the incident.