Live Updates: Amtrak Train Derails Near Dupont, Washington

A derailed train is seen on southbound Interstate 5 on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. An Amtrak train making an inaugural run on a new route derailed south of Seattle on Monday, spilling train cars onto a busy interstate in an accident that resulted in "multiple fatalities" and numerous injuries, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Follow Breitbart News for updates on the derailment of Amtrak Cascades Train 501 near Dupont, WA, with multiple fatalities reported.

All times Pacific.

3:13 PM:

1:07 PM: The Associated Press reports via anonymous sources that the crash may have been caused by an object on the track. Via the New York Post:

Monday’s deadly Amtrak train derailment appears to have been caused by an object on the railway, according to a government official briefed on the crash.

A preliminary investigation suggests maintenance problems are unlikely to blame because the incident took place on brand-new tracks, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

At least six people were killed and the death toll is expected to rise, the official said.

12:47 PM:

12:01 PM: Updates from NTSB:

12:00 PM: Very little new information in Washington state DOT statement:

11:53 AM: Another survivor’s account.

11:38 AM: Trump tweets video of his remarks during National Security Strategy speech:

11:36 AM: More aerial footage from ABC News.

11:23 AM: 

11:18 AM: The train apparently was running at an unsafe speed. From local Fox affiliate Q13:

Transitdocs.com, a website that maps Amtrak train locations and speeds using data from the railroad’s train tracker app, says Train 501 was going 81.1 mph moments before the derailment Monday.

The state Department of Transportation posted information about the $180.7 million project online that says the maximum speed along that stretch of track is 79 mph.

11:11 AM: President Trump calls for infrastructure projects in response to fatal crash:

11:06 AM: One eyewitness account:

11:05 AM: Aerial footage of the derailment site:

11:03 AM: A statement from Amtrak reads:

Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, derailed south of Tacoma, Wash. There were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board. Initial reports are that some injuries are reported to passengers and crew, and taken to local medical facilities for treatment.

Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call (800) 523-9101.  Local emergency responders are on the scene.

Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate. Amtrak Cascades Trains 504 and 509 are cancelled. No alternate transportation will be available

Source: http://www.breitbart.com

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