Three confirmed dead, massive damage and a shut-down interstate. Here’s what we know so far…
On it’s grand debut, Amtrak train 501 derails.
Here’s the official statement:
|Cascades Train 501
8:15 a.m. PTAmtrak is aware of an incident with Train 501, Cascades service from Seattle to Portland. Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding. Some injuries are reported.Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended. Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate.Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.
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Here’s coverage from Zero Hedge
Update: At least three people have been killed in today’s train derailment, according to the Seattle Times.
Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told news media that there were fatalities on the train and that motorists had been injured, but not killed. The full extent of the injuries is not yet known.
At least one train car fell on to the interstate below, as the photo above shows. Meanwhile, authorities say several vehicles on Interstate 5 were struck by the falling train cars when an Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle, and “multiple motorists” were injured on the roadway, according to the Associated Press.
Chris Karnes, a passenger who was on the train three or four cars back from the front, spoke to a local TV station.
“I’m not sure what got hit. I’m not sure what happened,” Karnes said.
He was unhurt but near the medical tents set up in a median area between north- and sound-bound I-5, just south of DuPont.
“The only car that is on the tracks is the rear locomotive. There are several cars that are hanging over the overpass,” Karnes said.
A day after a power failure at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport – the busiest terminal in the world – left thousands of passengers stranded with flights only just beginning to resume, America’s crumbling infrastructure was on display yet again on Monday, but this time, the failure looks much more severe.
To wit, Amtrak train 501 derailed in Pierce County, near Seattle, according to media reports and images showing the train tumbling off the tracks and on to the freeway below.
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) December 18, 2017
Images of the mangled wreckage flooded social media…
***DRIVER AlERT*** All lanes of SB I-5 at Mounts Road closed
— WSDOT Tacoma Traffic (@wsdot_tacoma) December 18, 2017
Here’s a livefeed of the scene, courtesy of CBS
The accident caused “massive damage” and “people are hurt,” according to Chris Karnes, the chairman of Pierce Transit’s advisory board. Police said information about injuries would be forthcoming.
PRELIMINARY INFO – Derailed Amtrak passenger train was heading south bound. Injuries and casualties reported, numbers to come. Media staging area at Eagles Pride Golf Course. #PCSD PIO Troyer enroute, will not answer his cell while driving priority.
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) December 18, 2017
Amtrak said in a tweet that it’s “aware of the incident” and will update with additional details…
We are aware of an incident involving Amtrak train 501. We will update with additional details as they become available.
— Amtrak (@Amtrak) December 18, 2017
“I was just shocked,” said Peter Zimmerman of Olympia. “I couldn’t believe it. It was like something out of a movie.” According to the local TV station, the train was traveling along a new high speed route that had just opened Monday.
Don tin foil hats –
Did this just give Washington a green light to fire up some good old-fashioned deficit spending to rebuild crumbling infrastructure (even if parts of it are brand new)?
– Remove tin foil hats
Editor’s Note II:
The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2017