December 18, 2017
Fatalities Reported: Amtrak Derails Over Highway in Washington State
Amtrak train 501 derailed as it was crossing a bridge over the I-5 highway in Washington state earlier this morning. Multiple train cars tipped onto the highway below during Amtrak’s inaugural service from Seattle to Portland. 78 passengers and five crew are reported to have been onboard at the time. The Sherriff’s department confirmed there were casualties inside the train but none of the drivers on the highway were injured.
More photos from scene of Amtrak train derailment pic.twitter.com/yWEJejp1H2
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) December 18, 2017
The accident happened when the train was entering a curve while heading southbound for Portland. The cause of the derailment is unknown at this time. First responders are still at the scene trying to get people out. There’s reports of chainsaws being used to reach people onboard. All highway lanes south of I-5 as well as train service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended.
Featured Image Courtesy of Trooper Brooke Bova