NTSB to meet May 21 on fatal 'Amtrak Cascades' derailment

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WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a board meeting May 21, 2019, at 1 p.m. to determine the probable cause of the fatal Dec. 18, 2017, Amtrak Cascades accident near DuPont, Wash.

Three passengers were killed and 65 others including passengers, crew, and occupants of highway vehicles were injured when Amtrak train No. 501, traveling at 78 mph, derailed from a highway overpass near DuPont. The accident happened during the first regular passenger service trip on a single main track near milepost 19.86. The lead locomotive, the power car, and two passenger railcars derailed onto Interstate 5, and eight highway vehicles came into contact with the derailed equipment.

Previously released information about the accident investigation is available at www.ntsb.gov.
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An aerial view of the accident scene.
Washington State Patrol via NTSB

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