Report: ‘Object on Railway’ May Have Caused Fatal Amtrak Train Wreck in Washington State

The New York Post is reporting a government official briefed on the investigation in to Monday’s fatal train wreck in Washington state appears to have been caused by an unspecified “object on the railway”. It has been reported but not confirmed that six people on the train were killed.

Northwest anarchist groups have claimed in recent months to sabotaging railroads in Olympia, Washington and Medford, Oregon.

From the 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…”

End excerpt, complete Post article at this link.

Update via CBS News reporter Kris Van Cleave:

“Latest on @Amtrak derailment from WA DOT: 77 passengers, 5 crew on train, 12 rail cars and 2 engines as part of train. 13 cars jumped tracks. Multiple fatalities but no confirmation on number of casualties, 5 motor vehicles on freeway and 2 semi-trucks hit by train below.”

A survivor shared his photos from the scene with reporter Rob Munoz of KIRO-TV.

More photos from the immediate aftermath of the crash.

Featured photo: Q13Fox Twitter

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