Seattle-area Amtrak derailment onto the I-5 freeway

An Amtrak practice carrying about 83 individuals derailed throughout morning rush hour Monday southwest of Seattle and landed on Interstate 5 on the primary day of service on the route. A number of accidents and fatalities have been reported.

The Thurston County Sheriff tweeted a few “huge incident involving a practice” derailing on the Mounts Highway overpass halfway between Tacoma and Olympia. Police requested drivers to keep away from the world close to the overpass and Niqually Valley.

“All lanes of southbound I-5 at Mounts Highway closed,” the Washington state Transportation Division stated in a tweet. The accident involving Amtrak practice 501 occurred south of the town of DuPont.

The accident, which occurred round 7:40 a.m. PT, triggered a number of casualties, together with accidents and fatalities, a Pierce County spokesman instructed NBC. Prepare service south of Seattle “is quickly suspended,” Amtrak stated.

Amtrak stated there have been about 78 passengers and 5 crewmembers on board. It stated individuals with questions on their family and friends on the practice ought to name 800-523-9101.

Police say a number of automobiles on the freeway have been struck by the practice automobiles, with a number of motorists injured however not motorist fatalities reported. At the least 77 individuals have been transported to an area hospital, but the severity of the accidents stays unknown.

Photojournalist Terry Griffin for Seattle’s KIRO 7 stated in a tweet that first responders are “treating this as a mass casualty incident.”

A notice on WSDOT’s web site earlier than the crash stated that Monday was the primary day for Amtrak’s Cascades practice to make use of the route alongside I-5.

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