On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak Northwest Regional train derailed In Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200 passengers.
She awoke to find her body at a 45-degree angle and her train auto dangling from the overpass.
"Wow this train is fast", passenger Chris Karnes of Tacoma tweeted shortly before the crash.
"We went through the trains one at a time". Ten of those hurt were in serious condition, four had moderate injuries and another nine suffered minor injuries, he said.
Most of the route was graded for a maximum speed of 79 miles per hour; the speed limit on the curve where the crash occurred is 30 miles per hour, said Rachelle Cunningham with Sound Transit. Federal investigators say the train was traveling at 80 miles per hour (129 kph) in a 30 miles per hour (48 kph) zone.
"A downward grade coming into that curve, you've got that working against you". "From what I've heard, there were several complaints by engineers about this".
On Monday, a USA congressman from Washington state called attention to the slow rollout of PTC. "Once you leave Downtown Tacoma it's 79mph to Portland".
The Associated Press, citing an unidentified USA official, reported that at least six people were killed in the crash. "We still need to stabilize those cars so that we can do our secondary search".More news: The Financial Advisors Network Inc. Decreases Position in Edison International (NYSE:EIX)
Bova said at least three people had died.
"There is a thorough investigation underway to determine what happened", the statement said.
Earlier, an Amtrak official said the train was not using a technology called positive train control, which can prevent derailments caused by excessive speed.
All the deaths were contained to the train, said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in response to the derailment.
The injured are being taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, Tacoma General Hospital, Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma. 13 passenger cars derailed in a horrific scene - some crashing off an overpass and onto the busy Interstate 5 below. Amtrak earlier said there were 78 passengers aboard.
A train-tracking website run by rail enthusiast Sunny Zheng of NY shows Amtrak 501 cruising at the 79 mph speed limit most of the way from Tacoma before hitting a top speed of 81 miles per hour shortly before the crash.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were completely blocked by the train, and the Washington State Patrol said they would likely be closed all of Monday. Alternate routes in the region were becoming crowded.
As NPR's Martin Kaste and Colin Dwyer reported on Monday, it was the first time the train had plied a new, more direct and faster route "on tracks known as the Point Defiance Bypass, which are owned by the Sound Transit agency".More news: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller
The train was running on track previously used for occasional freight and military transport, the Washington Department of Transportation said in a news release. It was the culmination of a $181 million project that began in 2010. The improvements also included a new Amtrak station in Tacoma.
Eric Corp, a councilman for the small city of DuPont near the derailment, said he rode the train with about 30 or so dignitaries and others on a special trip Friday before the service opened to the public Monday. The train was traveling from Oakland to Bakersfield.
He was in the business section near the front of the train when he felt the auto leaning.
Opponents said the route would expose vehicle and pedestrian traffic to faster trains at more than a half-dozen street-level crossings in Lakewood.
They then made their way out by climbing under the train, he said. "I think man, we were lucky to be getting out of here alive".
The rerouting takes trains along Interstate 5, enabling them to reach speeds of 79 miles per hour. "Never stop on the tracks".
There are no switches or road crossings in the immediate area, she said.
"We're still trying to figure out the cause", Matkin said. Five cars and a pair of trucks were involved in the highway pileup, but no motorists were killed, officials said.More news: Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) Analysts See $0.17 EPS