Fatalities reported after Amtrak train derails over I-5 in Washington state

Published: Dec. 18, 2017 at 9:25 AM MST
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Fatalities and major injuries have been confirmed after an Amtrak train derailed Monday morning.

The train derailed over Interstate 5 and can be seen dangling over the interstate. Traffic is snarled past the derailment site.

At least six people are dead, and that number is expected to rise. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office says several cars on the interstate were hit by wrecked train cars but none of the motorists were killed. All fatalities appear to be concentrated to the train.

The train left Seattle at 6 a.m. PST and was set to arrive in Portland, Oregon later Monday. The train derailment was reported around 7:45 PST.

CBS News reports that the train can hold 250 passengers, though according to multiple reports there were fewer than 100 on board at the time of the crash. CBS News says the train does not have seat belts.

The section of track had just been upgraded as part of a $181 million project aiming to make the route faster.

A spokesperson for Seattle's public transit system told the Associated Press there had been extensive testing.

Watch CBS Seattle's live coverage below:

WATCH: Live coverage of an Amtrak train derailment over Interstate 5 in Washington state.

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Monday, December 18, 2017

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