At least six people were killed in the crash. Gov. Jay Inslee has called a state of emergency in response to the derailment. Some motorists had been injured. A total of 77 people were sent to hospitals in Pierce and Thurston counties, according to CHI Franciscan Health, which operates numerous hospitals in Western Washington.
Four of the injured are “level red” patients, with critical injuries. The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were completely blocked by the train. An NTSB go-team is heading to the Seattle area. President Trump tweeted Monday morning that the derailment “shows more than ever” why his soon-to-be-released infrastructure plan should be adopted. He also tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers” and “deepest sympathies” were with everyone involved and thanked first responders who were at the scene.