PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) — Alaska Airlines officials have confirmed they've lowered fares for planes traveling between Portland and Seattle Monday and Tuesday following the deadly Amtrak derailment.
At least three people are dead and 77 others were injured when an Amtrak train en route from Seattle to Portland derailed around 7:30 a.m. Monday. Thirteen of the 14 cars derailed, veering off a highway overpass and crashing into lanes of Interstate 5 southbound.
A U.S. official said a "track obstruction" is the possible cause of the derailment.
The train was making the inaugural run on the new route as part of a $180.7 million project designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that’s bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.
Alaska Airlines announced they're lowering fares Monday and Tuesday to $99 each way to help travelers: