Amtrak Train Derails on Highway Bridge in Washington State
- Author: Terrell Bush Dec 19, 2017,
Dec 19, 2017, 7:51
The train derailed about 40 miles south of Seattle before 8 a.m. Monday, spilling at least one train auto on to busy Interstate 5.
An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle on Monday, and authorities reported "injuries and casualties". The locomotive and several of the train's passenger cars landed on the interstate.
All but one of the 14 rail cars came off the tracks, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova.
"Amtrak is aware of an incident with Train 501, Cascades service from Seattle to Portland".
Opponents said the route, which shortened the trip between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, would expose vehicle and pedestrian traffic to faster trains at more than a half-dozen street-level crossings in Lakewood. The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information about the accident, a spokesman for the agency said.
The bypass is a $181 million project created to make train travel through the region safer, quicker, and more reliable.
Conductor: "We were coming around the corner to take the bridge over I-5 there ... and we went on the ground".
AMTRAK 501: I'm still figuring that out.
Karnes said that people had escaped the wreckage by kicking out windows.
She said all of the train cars have been searched, and emergency efforts would likely extend through the night and into the morning. "We got off after shooting the video. You just knew when you saw it that something frightful had happened", witness Danae Orlob said.
The incident took place near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended. "We will do everything in our power to support our passengers and crew and their families". "We are committed to taking care of them and providing the highest level of assistance possible during their time of need", the statement said.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for the counties affected by the derailment and asked motorists to avoid traveling on Interstate 5 while the Washington Department of Transportation works on alternate routes.