Multiple injuries and casualties were reported after a high-speed Amtrak train derailed outside of Tacoma, Washington Monday morning, smashing through guardrails and crashing onto an interstate highway below, reports Fox News.
Amtrak train 501 was carrying approximately 70 people and traveling between Seattle and Tacoma when it suddenly derailed, sending multiple train-cars onto Interstate 5 just after 7:30am.
“We are aware of an incident involving Amtrak train 501. We will update with additional details as they become available,” posted Amtrak from its official twitter account.
#BREAKING: Reported mass casualty event as an Amtrak train has derailed in Pierce County – Washington State. Part of the train appears to have fallen onto Interstate 5. Pic @wsdot_tacoma pic.twitter.com/JwCiYaWx67
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) December 18, 2017
Chris Kaines, the chair of Pierce Transit’s advisory board, said on social media that “the train has derailed. Emergency crews are on the scene. Massive damage. People are hurt.”
• Amtrak train derailment near Tacoma, Washington
• "Multiple injuries and fatalities" reported, per sheriff
• Several vehicles on I-5 struck by derailed train cars, injuring multiple motorists pic.twitter.com/kHIuQj7uqJ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 18, 2017
The train was making its inaugural run when the incident occurred, providing high-speed access between Seattle and Portland on a daily basis.
More information as it becomes available.