Fatalities confirmed after Amtrak passenger train derails south of Tacoma, Washington

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      A passenger train derailed in Washington State this morning (December 18), about a two-hour drive south of Seattle.

      “Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding. Some injuries are reported,” reads an initial statement released by Amtrak, the vehicle’s operator.

      It states the train was number 501 and part of Amtrak’s Cascade service, which starts in Vancouver, B.C., and ends in Eugene, Oregon. However, an update from Amtrak says this specific train was travelling from Seattle to Portland.

      The train derailed as it was travelling over a bridge that crosses the I-5 highway. Video from the scene shows a train car hanging off the bridge and down into traffic on the road below.

      The accident occurred just south of DuPont. Public cameras show that the highway’s southbound traffic is at a total standstill.

      According to USA Today, the train left Seattle at 6 a.m. and derailed at approximately 7:40 a.m.

      WSDOT Tacoma Traffic Cameras

      “Dozens of first-responders swarmed the scene, and injured people could be seen limping or being carried from the crash site,” reads a USA Today report. “Some people who apparently exited the train could be seen standing, wrapped in blankets, under temporary tents.

      Information is still preliminary but CBS News has said it has confirmed that the accident involves multiple fatalities. There’s not yet a number for how many have died but CBS News has reported that all fatalities were people who were on board the train and not in cars or trucks on the highway.

      Amtrak has cancelled southbound trains 504 and 509. Northbound trains from Seattle are still running.

      The train operator has said that anyone with questions about a friend or family member who was believed to be on board the train that crashed can call 1-800-523-9101 for information.

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