‘Injuries and casualties’ from Amtrak derailment in Washington state

 

TACOMA, Wash. (WCBD) — U.S. official states that at least 6 killed in Amtrak train derailment outside Seattle.

An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle, and authorities say “injuries and casualties” were reported.

The train derailed about 40 miles south of Seattle before 8 a.m. Monday, spilling at least one train car on to busy Interstate 5.

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The Pierce County Sheriff’s office says in a tweet that the train was heading southbound and that there were “injuries and casualties,” but no numbers were immediately available.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and motorists were being warned to avoid the area.

Amtrak issued the following statement at 8:15 a.m. PT

Amtrak is aware of an incident with Train 501, Cascades service from Seattle to Portland. Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding. Some injuries are reported.
Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended. Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate.

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

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Passengers with travel plans also can confirm their train’s status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service Alerts, Passenger Notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.

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