After Amtrak Crash, Trump Plugs 'Soon To Be Submitted Infrastructure Plan'

After Amtrak Crash, Trump Plugs 'Soon To Be Submitted Infrastructure Plan'

Six people were killed and scores more seriously injured Monday when an Amtrak train on its inaugural journey derailed on a bridge and slammed onto a busy highway.

The train was travelling from Seattle to Portland using a new route when it derailed on a curve.

It said the injured people were receiving treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital, Allenmore Hospital ad Tacoma General Hospital in the Pierce County, Washington State on the US west coast.

"No fatalities on the roadway".

The train with 70 passengers was on a bridge over the Interstate-5 highway in Pierce County, south of Seattle, when it came off the tracks.

"All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill", passenger Chris Karnes told Seattle broadcaster KIRO TV.

"Multiple cars and trucks were struck by train cars that left the train tracks and went down onto the road", a spokesman for the sheriff's office said.

Local officials had warned only weeks ago that the track still might not be safe enough to handle trains at higher speeds.

Karnes said the tracks were supposed to have been upgraded to accommodate higher speeds.

Earlier this month, Don Anderson, the mayor of the town of Lakewood, which lies along the new route, had warned that the rails were dangerously close to highways and pedestrian crossings. "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.

President Donald Trump called for infrastructure investments in the wake of Monday morning's fatal Amtrak crash in Dupont, Wash. "I'm not sure what happened", he said. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble!

The new train cars were to be pulled by new Siemens Charger locomotives that include an "on-board positive train controls system", created to automatically stop the train in unsafe situations and mandated for trains around the country.

The maximum speed along the stretch of track, known as Point Defiance Bypass, is 79mph, according to information about the project posted online by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

"Victims from the Amtrak train that derailed in DuPont are at three of our hospitals", MultiCare Health, a non-profit network of hospitals and clinics announced in a tweet.

At the time, analysts said positive train control technology could have prevented the accident.

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