UPDATE: There have been at least six deaths according to new local reports

TACOMA, Washington- 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. This was the first day for this new expanded service and passengers received commemorative roll-out lanyards. The train was crossing a bridge over I-5 and cars fell on vehicles below. A mass causality event has been declared.

The last recorded speed by Amtrak was 81 mph.

A family reunification center has been set up at Dupont.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says the train was headed southbound and the derailment was reported about 7:40 am.

Cascades train in Portland, Oregon, Union Station

The following was just released by Amtrak officials:

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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Individuals with questions about their friends and family on train 501 should call 800-523-9101 Amtrak said.

This is a developing story.