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Multiple Fatalities After Train Derails In The US During First Journey On High Speed Route

Horrific scene in Washington State

Multiple Fatalities After Train Derails In The US During First Journey On High Speed Route Pic: Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

An Amtrak passenger train has derailed in the US state of Washington, just south of Seattle, the horrific incident happening during the inaugural run of a new high speed service.

It's believed at least six people have died and around seventy are injured after several carriages came off the tracks, some careering off a bridge and left hanging just above the busy interstate highway.

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A total of 77 people were sent to hospital in the local and nearby counties, with a handful believed to have critical injuries. There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board at the time of the derailment.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has since declared a state of emergency in response to the tragic incident, while the highway has been shut down for the 'foreseeable future' with state officials urging drivers to postpone trips along the stretch.

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Local TV reporter Alex Rozier has been on the train moments before the derailment, covering its first journey on the new line.

"We had left to go to another story and I received a phone call that the Amtrak train had derailed and I couldn't believe what I was hearing," he said.

"The people we encountered on this train were the working community, they were young people who had big bags packed appearing that they may have been leaving for vacations."

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President Donald Trump sent out his condolences to those affected.

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