Official data have revealed that the train that derailed in DuPont and that fell on a highway in Washington, the United States, was moving at a speed of 128.7 kilometers per hour in an area where the speed limit is 48.2 kilometers per hour.
Bella Dinh-Zar, spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said the data was obtained from the train's black box, which was hanging between the bridge and the road. In the incident, at least three people died and about 77 were injured, when the train was traveling between Seattle and Portland.
In the accident, thirteen wagons derailed during the inaugural trip of train 501, which was part of a program to improve and accelerate communications in the area.
Governor of Washington Jay Inslee wrote on his Twitter account after the accident that units of the Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol were "working to keep our communities safe".
In addition, he regretted the confirmed deaths after the accident. "It is heartbreaking that fatalities have been confirmed in this morning’s passenger train in Pierce County. I cannot imagine the pain these families are feeling. They are in my prayers tonight, along with the families who have loved ones in our hospitals," Inslee wrote.
US President Donald Trump sent his condolences to all those affected by the accident.
It is heartbreaking that fatalities have been confirmed in this morning's passenger train derailment in Pierce County. I cannot imagine the pain these families are feeling. They are in my prayers tonight, along with the families who have loved ones in our hospitals.— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) December 19, 2017
Just left DuPont City Hall and met with passengers and family members, and City leadership. pic.twitter.com/i5Sc9V6HLw— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) December 18, 2017
Today’s tragic incident in Pierce County is a serious and ongoing emergency. Trudi and I are holding in our hearts everyone on board, and are praying for the many injured.— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) December 18, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the train accident in DuPont, Washington. Thank you to all of our wonderful First Responders who are on the scene. We are currently monitoring here at the White House.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2017