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NTSB says Amtrak train was going 80 mph in 30 mph area just before derailment

An Amtrak train that derailed near DuPont Monday morning was going 80 mph in a 30 mph area just before the crash, according preliminary data reports given to the National Transportation Safety Board. (Photo: KOMO News)

DUPONT, Wash. - An Amtrak train that derailed near DuPont Monday morning killing three people and injuring dozens of others was going 80 mph in a 30 mph area just before the crash, according to preliminary data reports given to the National Transportation Safety Board.

In a briefing late Monday night, NTSB investigators said they are beginning to gather information from the data recorder in the rear locomotive of the train.

"We will be looking at all the different areas related to this accident. That includes such things as operations, mechanical, human factors, signals, survival factors and of course the event data recorders," said NTSB member Bella Dinh-Zarr.

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Amtrak Train 501 was on it's inaugural run of a new, faster route between Seattle and Portland when it derailed just after 7:30 a.m.

The State Patrol said about 86 people, including passengers and crew members were on board the train. They said 72 people injured, and taken to nearby hospitals. Ten of those were in serious condition and one person was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.

Amtrak also said crash-prevention technology known as Positive Train Control (PTC) was not activated in that area before the crash.

"The NTSB is collecting factual information on scene. Then we will analyze the facts, determine the probably cause and issue a report for those determinations," said Dinh-Zarr.

Tuesday will mark the first full day on scene for investigators. The NTSB said the investigative team is typically on scene seven to ten days.

The Washington State Dept. of Transportation said Interstate 5 in the DuPont area will remain closed through the at least through the Tuesday morning commute.


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