A local Washington state reporter shot video from inside the Amtrak train before it derailed

Alex Rozier, a reporter for the NBC affiliate KING 5 News.

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Alex Rozier, a reporter for the NBC affiliate KING 5 News.
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  • A local reporter in Washington state captured video aboard the Amtrak 501 train about 10 minutes before it derailed Monday morning, killing at least three people.
  • The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A reporter for the local NBC affiliate KING 5 News captured video footage aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in DuPont, Washington, on Monday.

“I shot this video on board the #Amtrak501 in the 6 o clock hour this morning,” Alex Rozier said on Twitter. “We got off after shooting the video. This specific car on the train derailed minutes after we shot this video.”

“In the 7 o clock hour that same train derailed,” Rozier continued. “We got off 10 minutes before the crash.”

In the video, Rozier is seen on the train that eventually derailed at about 7:40 a.m. local time. The crash killed at least three people and sent at least 100 people to the hospital, according to the Associated Press.

In another video, Rozier panned a camera to a photographer and asked, “What do you think?”

“Smooth ride,” the photographer replied.

“TV news crews often get pulled from one story to go to the next breaker. This time it may have saved @AlexRozierK5 and @King5unit9’s lives,” another KING 5 News reporter, Elisa Hahn, tweeted.

The train was making its first trip on a new route in which it was to leave Seattle at 6 a.m. for a journey of about 3 1/2 hours to Portland, Oregon, the Associated Press said. It was the first time the public used a new bypass built on an existing rail line along the highway from Tacoma, Washington, to DuPont, near where the train derailed.

Seventy-seven passengers and seven crew members were aboard the train when it derailed, pulling 13 cars from the tracks. National Transportation Safety Board investigators were examining the scene to determine the cause.

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