>> Several people were killed on Monday after an Amtrak train derailed on a bridge over a major highway in Washington State. The accident left at least one train car dangling onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the city of Dupont, where emergency vehicles swarmed the scene. According to media reports, passengers were forced to kick out train windows in order to escape, because emergency doors were not functioning properly.
>> It was like we're turning and spinning, and the train behind us hit us and there was just like a whole lot going on.>> Amtrak said about 78 passengers and five crewmembers were onboard.>> Multiple cars and trucks were struck by train cars that left the train tracks and went down onto the road, the people that were in all the vehicles, even though when you see the pictures, it's pretty horrific.
At this point nobody in any of the vehicles is a fatal. The fatals are all contained to the train.>> According to the state's transportation department, the accident happened on the first day Amtrak's trains began using a new track between the cities of Tacoma and Olympia, allowing the trains to reach speeds of up to 79 miles per hour.