Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

A U.S. official says a train derailment outside of Seattle has killed at least three people and the death count is expected to rise.

The official who was briefed on the investigation also says preliminary signs indicate the Amtrak train may have struck something on the track before going off the track.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The high-speed train was making its first run on newly constructed tracks when it derailed before 8 a.m. Monday.

The official said because the tracks were new it was unlikely to be a maintenance issue. (AP)

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<p>Cars from an Amtrak train lay spilled onto Interstate 5 below as some train cars remain on the tracks above Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. (Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

Cars from an Amtrak train lay spilled onto Interstate 5 below as some train cars remain on the tracks above Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. (Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)

<p>This aerial image from video provided by KOMO-TV, shows the site of an Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Authorities reported “injuries and casualties.” The train derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle before 8 a.m., spilling at least one train car on to busy Interstate 5. (Photo: KOMO-TV via AP) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

This aerial image from video provided by KOMO-TV, shows the site of an Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Authorities reported “injuries and casualties.” The train derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle before 8 a.m., spilling at least one train car on to busy Interstate 5. (Photo: KOMO-TV via AP)

<p>Cars from an Amtrak train lay spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks above Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. (Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

Cars from an Amtrak train lay spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks above Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. (Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)

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<p>Law enforcement work at the scene of a Amtrak train derailment on December 18, 2017, 2017 in DuPont, Washington. The derailment also closed southbound I-5. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

Law enforcement work at the scene of a Amtrak train derailment on December 18, 2017, 2017 in DuPont, Washington. The derailment also closed southbound I-5. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

<p>A derailed train is seen on southbound Interstate 5 on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. (Photo: Rachel La Corte/AP) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

A derailed train is seen on southbound Interstate 5 on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. (Photo: Rachel La Corte/AP)

<p>A derailed train falls onto I-5 South in Olympia, WA. (Photo: Trooper Brooke Bova/Wash St. Patrol) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

A derailed train falls onto I-5 South in Olympia, WA. (Photo: Trooper Brooke Bova/Wash St. Patrol)

<p>An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept)

<p>A derailed train falls onto I-5 South in Olympia, WA. (Photo: Trooper Brooke Bova‏/Wash St. Patrol) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

A derailed train falls onto I-5 South in Olympia, WA. (Photo: Trooper Brooke Bova‏/Wash St. Patrol)

<p>An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept)

<p>An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept)

<p>An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept)

<p>An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept)

<p>An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept)

<p>An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

An Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept)

<p>A still image from a video camera shows an Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: WSDOT via REUTERS) </p>
Deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state

A still image from a video camera shows an Amtrak train that derailed on a bridge over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, U.S., December 18, 2017. (Photo: WSDOT via REUTERS)

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