'At least six people killed' after Amtrak train derails near Seattle

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All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and motorists were being warned to avoid the area.

Multiple people were killed after an Amtrak train crashed during its first trip on a new route outside Tacoma, Washington, a spokesperson for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department confirmed Monday.

A preliminary investigation suggested the train struck an object on the track. Multiple other medical centers have reported receiving patients from the crash. Konzelman said he and Hoverson got out of their vehicle to help the injured.

"There was a huge impact on the side of the train, and I just went flying to the other end of the auto".

Karnes told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Monday morning that he was "not sure what got hit". "There was some things that I hope nobody ever has to see".

A local reporter for local NBC affiliate KING 5 News captured video footage aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in DuPont, Washington, on Monday.

"Come back when there is that accident and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens", he told local outlet KOMO news earlier in December.

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"There were a bunch of people who wanted to be a part of this historic moment and they were on board the train this morning headed for Portland", he said.

For now, authorities are asking onlookers to stay away from the scene while first responders work. She said people driving by also were stopping to help.

Interstate 5 is the West Coast's major north-south transport artery, carrying passengers from the United States border with Canada to its southern frontier with Mexico.

The crash attracted national media attention, with US President Donald Trump acknowledging the tragedy in a tweet.

"I knew right away that this was a major accident, that there was probably going to be some pretty, pretty graphic fatalities and injuries, so I prepared myself for the worst going in - and I hoped for the best - and there was both", he said.

He later added that his "thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the train accident". "WSP is investigating this incident".