AMTRACK TRAIN DERAILS Near Lacey, WA December 18, 2017
WSDOT photo of derailment area
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(LACEY, WA.) -- An Amtrak train derailed this morning about 7:30 am on an I-5 overpass near Mounts Road in the Lacey area.
After it derailed the train was left hanging over the overpass and onto I-5.
All southbound lanes of I-5 were blocked as of just before 8 am. The train derailed in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area.
Just before 8:30 am the Pierce County Sheriff's office said the "passenger train was heading south bound. Injuries and casualties reported, numbers to come. Media staging area at Eagles Pride Golf Course."
By 8:42 am traffic was backed up for miles. Drivers advised to avoid the area.
Broadcast reports said the train was the Amtrack 501 and it derailed about 45 minutes into the train's first service trip from Seattle to Portland.
Before the crash, it was reported to be traveling at more than 80mph (130kmh), with at least 78 (corrected number) people aboard.
Mid morning reports indicate six people have died in the accident but no motorists were reported killed. There were reported to be numerous injuries, exact number unknown at mid morning, with many people taken to area hospitals.
The Pierce County Sheriff's office said several vehicles on the freeway below the overpass were hit by falling train cars. The sheriff's office anticipates that "all I-5 SB lanes at Mounts Rd. will be shut down for entire day. Please follow @wsdot_tacoma for traffic alternates."
WSDOT says "60k use this area of SB I-5 each day. - We don’t know when it will reopen - Expect major delays on alternative routes especially this p.m. - If you use an alternative route, please use extreme caution. New wrecks will make a bad situation worse. #15MountsTrain.