The Amtrak derailment near Tacoma, Washington, on December 18, 2017, was a devastating accident. The train was traveling from Seattle to Portland when it careened off its track over a stretch of Interstate 5.
The train was traveling at a speed of 80 mph on a 30 mph stretch of track. Investigators are saying it is too early to know why the train was traveling so fast.
Of the 12 cars, only one remained on the track after the derailment. Three people were killed and 72 people were taken to the hospital. In addition to those injured on the train, five cars and two trucks were involved in a pileup. No motorists were killed.
As the investigation continues, more details will emerge about the cause of the accident.
The law firm of Elk & Elk is located in Seattle. We have experience handling similar cases, and are committed to helping victims and family members through every step of the legal process.
Free attorney consultation: Victims of the train derailment may be eligible for significant compensation. Schedule your no-cost consultation by calling 1-844-ELK-WEST. If you are unable to come to our office, we can come to you.