US president, Donald Trump, has seized the opportunity of A US passenger train that derailed, killing three people, to make yet another political statement.
He tweeted shortly after the incident, saying:
The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2017
President Donald Trump’s first reaction to the derailment was to tweet that it showed the need for his forthcoming infrastructure plan.
However US media outlets pointed out his submitted federal transportation budget actually proposed cuts to funding to national rail systems.
He later added that his thoughts and prayers were with those involved.
The section of track where the crash happened has been recently rebuilt and upgraded using federal funds.
Washington’s governor has declared a state of emergency in two counties.
According to reports, the train was travelling at 80mph (130km/h) on a curve with a speed limit of 30mph, data from the train’s rear engine indicates.
It happened in Washington state during rush hour on Monday and officials say 72 people were taken to hospital.
A number of those injured are reported to be in a serious condition.
Authorities said all carriages had now been searched, but would not rule out a rise in the number of dead.
A spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said investigators had arrived at the scene on Monday night local time and would probably be there for a week or 10 days.
Bella Dinh-Zarr said the 12-carriage train had engines at the front and rear. The back engine’s data recording had been retrieved, she said, and “preliminary indications are that the train was travelling at 80mph on a 30mph track”.
“Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected by this very tragic accident,” she said.