Amtrak train derails in Washington state, no injuries reported

by Frankie Norman July 6, 2017, 0:06
Amtrak train derails in Washington state, no injuries reported

An Amtrak train travelling between Vancouver, B.C., and OR derailed in Washington State on Sunday afternoon.

Four cars tipped off the tracks near Puget Sound, which left several passengers with minor injuries. Amtrak says several people suffered minor injuries.

The Amtrak Cascades train runs between Vancouver, Canada, and Eugene-Springfield, Oregon. West Pierce Fire Battallion Chief Scott Adams said responders found four of the train's 15 cars had derailed.

There were 267 passengers on board when the train derailed around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Amtrak said that the locomotive and the baggage auto derailed around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Floating oil-absorbent booms were deployed in the water in case of a fuel spill by the fire fighters but none occurred, the fire department reported. The company says in its statement that all passengers were evacuated and provided with alternate transportation.

Passengers later said they think he had been working on the Chambers Bay Bridge when the train was approaching.

The cause of the derailment is not yet clear and is still under investigation.

Crowley told the Seattle Times, that "travelers got off the train 'almost immediately, ' and walked up to a nearby marina, where they were picked up by buses that took them to the Tacoma Amtrak station".


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