Multiple deaths and “injuries and casualties” have been reported after an Amtrak train derailed on an overpass in Washington state Monday morning. At least 70 people were on the train when at least one train car fell off the overpass and onto Interstate 5.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s department has been sending updates on the situation through its Twitter account.
PRELIMINARY INFO - Derailed Amtrak passenger train was heading south bound. Injuries and casualties reported, numbe… https://t.co/trMUsftAOB— Pierce Co Sheriff (@Pierce Co Sheriff) 1513614349.0
Several cars on I5 struck by derailed Amtrak train cars. Multiple motorists injured on roadway, no fatalities of motorists reported.— Pierce Co Sheriff (@Pierce Co Sheriff) 1513616228.0
Traffic is blocked at the scene.
All SB lanes of I-5 blocked near Mounts Road in Pierce County due to derailed train car. Avoid area! https://t.co/SBH7dCc6yg— WSDOT Tacoma (@WSDOT Tacoma) 1513611942.0
UPDATE: SB I-5 near DuPont is CLOSED. Traffic is backed up into JBLM. Avoid travel in the area & expect long delays on alternate routes.— WSDOT Tacoma (@WSDOT Tacoma) 1513614856.0
Images of the wreck have emerged. It is a devastating crash.
First up close images of scene coming from @wspd1pio Trooper Bova, this is heartbreaking to see. Our thoughts & pra… https://t.co/CPbyI2AxQs— Pierce Co Sheriff (@Pierce Co Sheriff) 1513615803.0
Photos from scene of amtrak passenger train derailment https://t.co/gd09MzLCC6— Pierce Co Sheriff (@Pierce Co Sheriff) 1513617015.0
More photos from scene of Amtrak train derailment https://t.co/yWEJejp1H2— Pierce Co Sheriff (@Pierce Co Sheriff) 1513617610.0
Individuals concerned for family and friends who may have been involved in the wreck are being told to stay away from the scene and to go to a family reunification center in the DuPont City Hall.
Individuals with questions about their friends and family on train 501 should call 800-523-9101— Amtrak (@Amtrak) 1513618143.0
Family reunification center at DuPont City Hall. Do NOT come to the scene.— Trooper Ryan Burke (@Trooper Ryan Burke) 1513617809.0
In a statement, Amtrak said that “emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding.”
According to NPR’s Martin Kaste, this was the first day of a new inland route for the train. "Before this, it used to kind of snake along the edge of Puget Sound but that slowed things down. This was supposed to be a faster, more direct route, but something clearly went wrong,” Kaste reported.