Amtrak Train Derails Onto Busy Road in Seattle Area

Postado Dezembro 18, 2017

An Amtrak train derailed on a bridge over a highway near DuPont, Washington on Monday prompting a major emergency response from local authorities.

Chair of Pierce Transit's advisory board Chris Karnes, who was on board the train, said on Twitter, "people are hurt".

The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. just south of Mounts Road.

"We will update with additional details as they become available", Amtrak said in a tweet.

Amtrak officials said the train was the No. 501, which operates between Seattle and Portland.

Traffic cameras in the area show a train vehicle hanging from an overpass near Dupont, which is southwest of Seattle.

At this time, all lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5 in Pierce County, about 22 miles southwest of Tacoma.

"NTSB is gathering information about an accident involving an Amtrak passenger train near Seattle, Washington. I am fine, but the train is destroyed". Part of the train hanging off the track onto I-5 below.

A picture of the dramatic scene was tweeted by WSDOT Tacoma Traffic.

The train derailment occurred on the morning of December 18, 2017. It's an "extensive closure" and unclear when the area will reopen, according to the state Department of Transportation. The drive home this morning will suck, back roads here we come.