"Something went very, very wrong and there are some questions we will demand to be answered," said Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) in a statement. The lead investigator is Ted Turpin, who also worked on the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia and was the lead investigator for the Long Island Rail Road train crash at … Amtrak service south of Seattle has been suspended. The scene of the Dec. 18, 2017, Amtrak crash as seen looking south from I-5. In its report, officials said the engineer was not aware of where he was along the track before a curve, but they further noted that decisions and inaction by Amtrak and regulators created a situation that allowed the crash to occur. These Are The Victims Of The Washington Amtrak Crash. Three men, including two close friends who wanted to be among the first to ride Amtrak's new route in Washington, died Monday after the train derailed. "It's a nightmarish image." The crash attracted national media attention, with US President Donald Trump acknowledging the tragedy in a tweet. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its final report into the fatal 2017 Amtrak train derailment in Washington.