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Washington hospitals work to treat 70+ people injured after Amtrak derailment: 8 things to know

Several Washington hospitals are working to treat the more than 70 people injured after an Amtrak train derailed outside of Tacoma, Wash., Monday morning, careening off a bridge and onto the highway below, according to NBC News.

Here are eight things to know about the incident.

1. National Transportation Safety Board officials said Monday a data recorder recovered from the back of the locomotive documented the train had been traveling at 80 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone when 13 of its 14 train cars jumped the track at a curve leading up the bridge, Reuters reports. An NTSB officials said it was unclear if the train's speed contributed to the derailment.

2. Authorities also said the train had been traveling along a new route for the first time.

3. A Washington State Patrol spokesperson said during a news conference Monday three people had died in the incident and nearly 100 people were taken to nearby hospitals. Ten of the 100 people injured had serious injuries, according to Reuters.

4. Previous reports suggested between 77 and 78 passengers and five crew members were on the train when it derailed near DuPont, Wash. However, Amtrak said there were 86 people aboard the train, 80 of which were passengers, Reuters states.

5. A spokesperson for Tacoma-based St. Joseph Medical Center, a Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan Health hospital, told Becker's Hospital Review via email Tuesday 15 patients were transported to the health system's various hospitals.

6. The Seattle Times reported Tuesday countless others injured during the incident were taken to various area facilities, including Lakewood, Wash.-based St. Claire Hospital; Gig Harbor-based St. Anthony Hospital; Tacoma (Wash.) General Hospital; Olympia-based Providence St. Peter Hospital; and Tacoma-based Madigan Army Medical Center.

7. Authorities said seven motorists were involved in the incident, however none of them were killed, Reuters reports.

8. Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Monday and said the accident caused "significant structural damage to the overpass, railway and highway infrastructure." President Donald Trump also tweeted about the incident, issuing his sympathy for those affected by the incident and stating the crash "shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly."

Editor's note: This story was updated at 12:25 p.m. CST Dec. 18 to include additional information from St. Joseph Medical Center.

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