Local Washington mayor feared deadly accidents weeks before the Amtrak derailment


Mayor alerted for an accident to Wash. train derailment

The mayor of Lakewood, Washington was critical of the safety of new Amtrak line two weeks before the route opens.

An Amtrak train with more than 70 passengers derailed in Washington state on Monday morning during her first ride on a new route, allowing multiple people dead and injured, but a local mayor predicted the high-speed rail plan would end with a fatal accident.

Mayor Don Anderson and other city officials in Lakewood, southwest of Amsterdam, attended a meeting on Dec. 4 on the new project to upgrade tracks, KOMO News reported. Anderson believed it was a matter of time for the high-speed train would be involved in a fatal accident.

The Amtrak train derailed Monday morning after leaving the new Tacoma station.

(Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova)

“Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in safety improvements, or you can go back now and plead for the money to do it, because this project is not needed and a danger to our citizens,” Anderson said.

Anderson also advocated for the quality of separations and divorces, including viaducts, trains sufficiently separated from pedestrians and cars.


Monday was the first day that changes in the planning for two new round trips between Seattle and Portland, started for Amtrak’s Cascades service. The project diverted passenger trains to bypass the rail line that ran along Interstate 5, in an attempt to cut the travel time by 10 minutes, according to KOMO. Project officials touted its on-time reliability, say that the new trains could reach speeds of up to 79 km / h.


Amtrak train 501 heading in a southerly direction derailed around 7:30 am local time after leaving the new Tacoma station. At least six people were killed and dozens of others were injured. It is still unclear what the cause of the derailment, but a U.S. government official told The Associated Press that track obstruction was investigated as a possible cause.

Photos from the scene showed at least one train car detached and on the Interstate 5, while the other dangled in the air. Drivers on the highway were injured, but no one was killed, police said.

President Trump also tweeted shortly after the derailment: “The train accident that just happened in DuPont, WA shows more than ever the reason why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan should be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East, while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!”

He followed it with another tweet saying his “thoughts and prayers” were with everyone who is involved in the deadly derailment.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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