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Amtrak Train Derails and Kills At Least 3 People in Washington

Investigators are concerned about the speed at which the train was traveling.

DUPONT, WA  --  An Amtrak train was going more than 80 miles an hour moments before derailing south of Seattle in a crash that killed at least three people. 

Amtrak and state transportation officials say the train was traveling at 81 miles an hour just before it left the tracks at a curve where the recommended speed is 30 miles an hour.  Cars plunged off the track and onto at least five vehicles on the busy Interstate 5 freeway between Olympia and Tacoma. 

Investigators are expected to focus on the train's speed and the posted speed limit as they try to learn what caused the crash yesterday morning.   

 

(PHOTO: KIRO)

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