A US passenger train on its inaugural run in Washington state has derailed, with carriages crashing on to the motorway below at the height of the morning rush hour. Police say there were 'multiple' fatalities on board the train, which hit vehicles on the I-5 highway below. Images from the scene show that all the carriages of the high-speed train appear to have left the track. It was Amtrak's first passenger service to run on a new, shorter route. Train 501 had left Seattle, heading south for Portland, at 06:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The derailment happened on a section of track, south of Tacoma, previously only used for freight trains.
Police confirm that at least three people have been killed, and a number of others are critical.