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Speeding Amtrack Train Derails in Washington Killing 3, Injuring 70

On December 18 at 6:00 a.m., 80 passengers and five crew members embarked an Amtrack train on an inaugural trip on a new service from Seattle to Portland, Oregon when disaster struck at approximately 7:38 a.m. One of the two engines and 12 of the Amtrack train’s carriages derailed from a bridge onto I-5 near Mounts Road between Lakewood and Olympia while traveling at nearly THREE TIMES the speed limit. It is reported there have been 70 injuries and three fatalities.

The crash is under federal investigation. We will know more about why the train derailed as they put all the pieces together.

People who are needing information about friends or family who might have been on the train can call 800-523-9101 to get that information.

Get Your Life Back on Track with the Help of a Personal Injury Lawyer

To those who were injured or lost a loved one in this crash, you are not in this alone. You may be entitled to compensation. We urge you to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately by calling (503) 546-3167. We will help lift as much of the burden off your shoulders as possible, and allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries and/or loss.


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.