NTSB to Determine Cause of Cascades Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board plans to meet on May 21 to determine the probable cause of an Amtrak derailment that killed three people in December 2017 in Washington state.

The NTSB has made a preliminary determination that Cascades Service No. 501 was speeding when it derailed near DuPont, Washington, on Dec. 18, 2017.

The train was operating on the first day of revenue service on new route south of Tacoma.

Sixty-five people including passengers crew members and occupants of motor vehicles on Interstate Highway 5 were injured in the crash. Portions of the train fell onto the highway from a bridge.

Investigators have said the train was traveling at 78 mph in a 30 mph zone when the derailment occurred.

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