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Us: Amtrak to test trains on Point Defiance Bypass for first time since deadly derailment

Three years after a fatal train derailment, testing will begin Saturday on Amtrak’s Point Defiance Bypass.

Sound Transit says Amtrak will run test trains between the Tacoma Dome Station and the Nisqually Junction from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The trains will be running up to 79 mph.

Amtrak Cascades train 501 derailed on Dec, 18, 2017 as it entered a curve on an overpass, above I-5, on the inaugural run of Point Defiance Bypass, between Seattle and Portland. The curve was a 30 mph zone and investigators say the train was traveling at 78 mph.

The lead locomotive and four rail cars tumbled off the tracks and fell onto I-5, striking eight vehicles. Three people died, 57 were injured from the train and eight from the vehicles that were hit.

KOMO News Staff

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