On Monday an Amtrak train heading south from Seattle to Portland derailed while attempting travel on a new line that was supposed to shave at least ten minutes off the route. Three people were killed and 70 were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Utilizing a data recorded obtained from the wreckage, authorities were able to uncover the reason that had led to the wreck. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation Safety Board official, said at a news conference late Monday that the train was traveling 80 mph in a 30-mph zone—over twice as fast as the posted limit, according to Fox News.
As to why the train was traveling so fast, Dinh-Zarr said that it was “too early to tell.”
FBI authorities said in a statement that the possibility of terrorism has been ruled out; however, the agency is in the process of reviewing the NTSB report as part of an investigation into the matter.
Since the wreck, passengers have begun talking about what had happened. One of them, Emma Shafer, found herself at a 45-degree angle staring at the seats in front of her, which had dislodged and swung around.
“It felt oddly silent after the actual crashing,” she said. “Then there was people screaming because their leg was messed up. … I don’t know if I actually heard the sirens, but they were there. A guy was like, ‘Hey, I’m Robert. We’ll get you out of here.’”
Another passenger, Aleksander Kristiansen, a 24-year-old exchange student from Copenhagen, who was currently enrolled at the University of Washington, was headed to Portland to visit the city.
“I was just coming out of the bathroom when the accident happened. My car just started shaking really, really badly,” he said.
The section of the track where the train derailed had posted speed limit signs two miles before the speed zone change and just before the speed zone approaching the curve, explained Kimberly Reason of Sound Transit, a Seattle-area transit agency that owns the tracks.
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