Friday 20 September, 2019

Amtrak train derails near Seattle; 'injuries and casualties' reported

Screenshot circulating on Twitter of the Amtrak train dangling over a highway just south of Seattle on Monday.

Screenshot circulating on Twitter of the Amtrak train dangling over a highway just south of Seattle on Monday.

An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle, and authorities say "injuries and casualties" were reported.

The train derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle before 8 a.m. Monday, spilling at least one train car on to busy Interstate 5.

The Pierce County Sheriff's office says in a tweet that the train was heading south bound and that there were "injuries and casualties," but no numbers were immediately available.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and motorists were being warned to avoid the area.

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