Amtrak passenger train derails in Washington state

PUBLISHED Sun, July 02, 2017 - 9:49pm EDT

A passenger train carrying more than 260 people has derailed near Tacoma in Washington state, causing minor injuries to some of the passengers, local officials say. The cause was not immediately known. (more)

The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. PT on Sunday when Amtrak train 506 derailed near the Chambers Bay Bridge in the town of Steilacoom, about 9 miles (15 km) southwest of Tacoma, or 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Seattle.

Footage from the scene showed that 4 out of 15 train cars had derailed, including one which ended up on its side and came close to falling into Chambers Bay. Divers and boats searched the water as a precaution but nothing was found.

County officials said that several people had suffered minor injuries.

The train was traveling on the Amtrak Cascades route, going from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Springfield, Oregon. A total of 267 passengers and several crew members were on board the train, according to Amtrak.

"Passengers are being provided alternative transportation," the company said in a brief statement.

  Steilacoom, WA     





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