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 train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2017
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.
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.
We are aware of an incident involving Amtrak train 501. We will update with additional details as they become available.
— Amtrak (@Amtrak) December 18, 2017
With the ribbon cut, our new Amtrak Cascades Tacoma Dome Station is ready for travelers starting Monday morning. Trains will use the Point Defiance Bypass along I-5 from DuPont to south Tacoma to reach the station in historic Freighthouse Square. https://t.co/KkWHgxcnlJ
— Amtrak Cascades (@Amtrak_Cascades) December 16, 2017
Aerial footage of the scene shows several derailed Amtrak train cars near Tacoma, Washington.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 18, 2017