Amtrak Train Derails Near Tacoma

An Amtrak train derailed south of Tacoma Monday morning with three passenger cars falling onto I-5.

Fire officials say three people were killed and 100 people have been hospitalized.

Vehicles on I-5 southbound hit the train cars. No one in vehicles on the freeway were killed. All of the fatalities are on the train.

I-5 southbound will be closed all day. Vehicles that were damaged on the freeway will need to be removed along with the train cars. There was damage to the overpass and the overpass will need to be inspected before the freeway can reopen.

The National Transportation Safety Board has investigators heading to the scene. The cause is under investigation.

Amtrak has released this statement:

Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, derailed south of Tacoma, Wash. There were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board. Initial reports are that some injuries are reported to passengers and crew, and taken to local medical facilities for treatment.

Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call (800) 523-9101. Local emergency responders are on the scene.

Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate. Amtrak Cascades Trains 504 and 509 are cancelled. No alternate transportation will be available.


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