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The derailment occurred on the first day Amtrak trains began using the new inland route between the Washington cities of Tacoma and Olympia, part of a 154 million euro ($181 million) project to cut travel time.

"All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill", said Karnes, adding that several cars had gone off the tracks and passengers kicked out the windows to escape.

Amtrak Cascades train 501 was taking its inaugural run down a new route today outside of Tacoma, Washington.

A website that maps location and speed using data from Amtrak's train tracker app showed the train was going 81.1 miles per hour (129 kph) about a quarter of a mile from the point where it derailed, where the speed limit is significantly lower. Multiple other medical centers have reported receiving patients from the crash.

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"There was a huge impact on the side of the train, and I just went flying to the other end of the vehicle".

"I'm not sure what got hit". I couldn't see anything. On July 2, a train with 250 people on board derailed a few miles north of Monday's accident, though there were no serious injuries. The Washington State Department of Transportation says the Federal Railroad Administration funded and reviewed recent upgrades to the tracks. "Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens" Anderson said.

The two eventually made their way to a train vehicle where he said it appeared people had died.

For now, authorities are asking onlookers to stay away from the scene while first responders work.

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Interstate 5 is the West Coast's major north-south transport artery, carrying passengers from the U.S. border with Canada to its southern frontier with Mexico.

NBC affiliate KING 5 News reporter Alex Rozier.

"I shot this video on board the #Amtrak501 in the 6 o clock hour this morning", Alex Rozier said on Twitter.

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