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Amtrak train derails off bridge, falls onto highway outside Seattle

by The Associated Press   

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Environment Operations Public Sector Transportation

Authorities reporting "injuries and casualties" after railway cars spilled off an overpass onto Washington State's Interstate 5

TACOMA, Wash.—An Amtrak train has derailed roughly 40 miles (64 kilometres) south of Seattle, spilling cars onto a busy interstate.

The train derailed just before 8 a.m. local time Dec. 18 as commuters made their way to work. All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and motorists were being warned to avoid the area.

The Thurston County Sheriff called the derailment a “massive incident” and said an investigation is underway.

Amtrak said emergency crews are currently on the scene and “some injuries” have been reported. The rail service has suspended any trains operating in the area south of Seattle.

The Pierce County Sheriff, meanwhile, said “injuries and casualties” have been reported.

The train derailed on the 501 line that connects Seattle to Portland.

—With files from Staff


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