Several Died in Washington State Train Derailment
An Amtrak train crashed in the American state of Washington Monday. At least six people died.
The train was making its first-ever run along a faster route on existing railroad tracks.
Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were on the train. The train was traveling at a speed of 128 kilometers per hour when it went off the track and fell down to a busy highway below.
The crash occurred about 64 kilometers south of Seattle. Local police said the falling train struck vehicles on Interstate 5. Several drivers were injured.
Officials said they expect the number of dead to rise.
Chris Karnes was on the train. He said the only part of the train that remained on the tracks was the rear – or back – locomotive. Many train cars could be seen hanging off the overpass.
An official told The Associated Press that the train may have struck something before going off the track. The official was not permitted to discuss the investigation publicly.
The possibility that the crash was caused by something on the tracks concerns officials about the risk of high-speed trains crossing busy streets.
The mayor of a town near the crash site had warned about the danger of such an accident at a public meeting just two weeks ago.
U.S. President Donald Trump used the deadly crash to call for more infrastructure spending. He tweeted, "The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly."
The train was making the inaugural run on the new route designed to speed up service between Tacoma, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. State transportation officials said testing on the track was completed back in January and February, well before the crash on Monday.
How fast are trains traveling?
The Amtrak Acela Express – which connects several eastern cities - is the fastest train in the United States. It can travel at a top speed of 241 kilometers per hour.
European countries including Germany, Italy and Spain have trains that can travel more than 320 kilometers per hour.
The fastest trains in the world are found in Asia. Chinese media reported that the Beijing-to-Shanghai train can reach speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour. A deadly crash between two bullet trains in 2011 led to China limiting train speeds to 300 kilometers per hour.
The fastest non-operating train in the world is still undergoing testing in Japan. The train, a Japan Railway maglev, has reached a top speed of 603 kilometers per hour.
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2.up to 高达
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3.fell down 跌落
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4.went off 离去
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6.Many train cars could be seen hanging off the overpass.
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周一，美国铁路公司一趟列车在华盛顿发生脱轨 。目前至少6人遇难 。
车上载有78名乘客和5名列车人员 。事发时，列车以每小时128公里的速度行驶，然后列车脱轨并坠至桥下一条繁忙的高速公路上 。
这起事故发生在西雅图市以南约64公里处 。当地警方表示，列车坠桥后砸到5号州际公路上行驶的汽车 。数位司机受伤 。
克里斯·卡尔内斯（Chris Karnes）当时在列车上 。他说，这趟列车只剩下尾部机车还留在轨道上 。很多节车厢都坠下了高架桥 。
一位官员对美联社表示，列车脱轨前可能发生了撞击 。未经允许，该官员不能公开讨论这次事故调查 。
美国总统特朗普借列车坠桥事件呼吁加大对基础设施的投资 。他在推特上表示：“华盛顿州杜邦发生的列车事故越发地表明，为何我们即将提交的基础设施计划必须得到迅速批准 。”
这趟列车当时正在新路线上进行首日运营，该路线旨在提升华盛顿州塔科马市和俄勒冈州波特兰市之间列车的运行速度 。美国交通部门官员表示，周一的事故发生之前，早在今年1月和2月就已经完成列车运行试验 。
美铁阿西乐快车是美国最快的列车，连接着数个东部城市 。其最快速度可达每小时241公里 。
全球最快的列车位于亚洲 。中国媒体报道称，北京至上海的高铁达到每小时350公里 。2011年，因两趟高铁发生严重碰撞事故，中国将列车时速限制在每小时300公里 。
全球最快的非运营列车仍在日本进行测试 。日本这列磁悬浮列车的最高速度达到每小时603公里 。