Travel Alert December 2017: Train Derailment South of Seattle

Traffic on all southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Mounts Road in DuPont — which is located in Pierce County southwest of Tacoma and northeast of Olympia in Washington — is at a complete standstill and backed up for miles, as that portion of highway was shut down due to a train which derailed earlier this morning, Monday, December 18, 2017 — and motorists are urged to avoid that area until further notice.

Travel Alert December 2017: Train Derailment South of Seattle

This announcement was posted at the official Internet web site of Amtrak:

Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, derailed south of Tacoma, Wash. There were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board. Initial reports are that some injuries are reported to passengers and crew, and taken to local medical facilities for treatment.

Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call (800) 523-9101. Local emergency responders are on the scene.

Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate. Amtrak Cascades Trains 504 and 509 are cancelled. No alternate transportation will be available.

Additional updates will be provided when available.

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Multiple fatalities and injuries have been reported as a result of this accident; but statistics have not yet been released at this time.

The train was reportedly using a new portion of track called the Port Defiance Bypass Project to avoid slowing down at curves which comprised the older track.

Summary

If your travel plans include passing through this area, the Department of Transportation in Washington state advises these alternate routes:

In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered from fatalities or injuries as a result of this unfortunate incident — as well as their families, friends and colleagues.

Source: Sheriff’s Office of Pierce County.

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