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Dozens injured and at least six killed as a train derailed on a Seattle highway

A train derailed and almost fell off the overpass on a very busy highway in Washington, United States. According to official figures, the accident has left at least six dead and 77 injured.

Dozens injured and at least six killed as a train derailed on a Seattle highway

The Amtrak train, a US interurban state network, carried 83 people on board (78 passengers and 5 crew members) when it derailed and hanged over an overpass on Interstate 5 (I-5) between the cities of Olympia and Lakewood at 7:40 am local time. When the train fell, several cars on the highway collided with each other.

Dozens injured and at least six killed as a train derailed on a Seattle highway

For now the reasons why the train derailed are unknown. Today was the first day for Amtrak’s Cascades train to use the route along I-5. According to police spokesmen, this was also the first train derailment.

Due to the accident, the authorities have closed access to the I-5 motorway, through which more than 60,000 cars ply each day. Both Amtrak and the authorities are investigating the accident to determine what caused the derailment. 

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