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An Amtrak train making its inaugural trip on a new route derailed on Monday, hurtling it off of an overpass and crashing onto the highway below. At least six people have died, according to a U.S. Official.
The train was making a new route that was supposed to cut time for passenger traffic, avoiding many of the turns and freight traffic of the old route. There is no immediate word as to why the train left the tracks, but early data suggests that they were traveling 81 mph moments before derailment. The highest suggested speed along that area of track is 79 mph. (source) 1:45 p.m. ET December 18, 2017
77 people have been injured and “track obstruction” has been listed as a possible cause. (source) 1:50 p.m. ET December 18, 2017
At least 70 people were taken to the hospital after the incident. None of the deaths were motorists, all were from inside the train. (source) 3:33 p.m. ET December 18, 2017
The Positive Train Control was not activated at the time of the incident, according to Amtrak. This technology forces a train to slow down when it goes too fast. The death roll is likely to rise once officials are able to search the remaining train cars, which are unsearchable currently. (source) 4:05 p.m. ET December 18, 2017