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Amtrak train derails in Washington state on Interstate 5; injuries reported

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High-speed Amtrak train derails in DuPont, Washington

Incident involved Amtrak train 501; the authorities advise drivers to avoid the area.

Injuries were reported after an Amtrak train carrying 70 passengers derailed Monday morning in the state of Washington outside of Tacoma, so that at least one train car to fall off a viaduct on a highway, the officials said.

Amtrak train 501 was on a trip to the south of Seattle, when it derailed along the Interstate 5 about 7:30, The train was just leaving the new Tacoma station when the derailment happened.

“Injuries and deaths reported,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said, but it is unclear how many people are included.

Amtrak said it was “aware of an incident involving an Amtrak train 501,” the “Cascades” service from Seattle to Portland, Ore. Service to the south of Seattle is temporarily suspended with effect from 8 hours

We are aware of an incident involving an Amtrak train 501. We’ll update with additional information as it becomes available.

— Amtrak (@Amtrak) On December 18, 2017

A freeway camera showed at least one train car fell on the road, causing a traffic jam. Photos tweeted by Washington State Patrol Public Information Officer Brooke Bova showed one car to be detached and destroyed on the ground. Another car was dangling from the overpass.

An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle early Monday, causing injuries and casualties,” said the officials.

(Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova)

Chris Karnes, who was on the train three or four cars back from the front — told The Associated Press: “I don’t know what I hit. I’m not sure what happened.”

Bova told Fox News’ “Happening Now” that people are advised to avoid Interstate 5 and that the clearing of the area will be a “all day” process.

An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle early Monday, causing injuries and casualties,” said the officials.

(Washington State Patrol Trooper Brooke Bova)

Several cars were hit by the Amtrak train cars, injuring several drivers on the highway. No motorists’ deaths have been reported, according to Pierce County officials.

The train is derailed. Emergency responders are on the scene. Massive damage. People are being hurt. pic.twitter.com/f62gjUrZN1

— Chris Karnes ? (@TacomaTransit) On December 18, 2017

The train hit a truck apparently. I am fine, but the train is destroyed.

— Chris Karnes ? (@TacomaTransit) On December 18, 2017

Chris Kaines, the chairman of Pierce Transit’s advisory board, said on Twitter “The train is derailed. Emergency responders are on the scene. Massive damage. People are being hurt.” He said that the train appeared to have hit a truck, adding that the car was destroyed.”

The derailment caused all of the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Mounts Road in Pierce County to be closed, the Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted.

WSDOT tweeted that drivers should expect long delays and avoid the area. Southbound Interstate 5 in the vicinity of DuPont was closed shortly after the derailment after the traffic backed up for miles.

@KING5Seattle frightening to see this morning. Pray everyone is well. pic.twitter.com/p97DM858jF

— ♚Ling-Ling♚ (@linglingmz3) on December 18, 2017

Monday was the first day of changes in the planning for two new round trips between Seattle and Portland, according to the Amtrak website. Amtrak train 501 is a part of the new route runs between Portland and Seattle on a daily basis. Ot Department of Transportation spent $800 million passenger train improvement.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5, which is approximately 60,000 vehicles per day, shall be deemed to have been closed for “a long period”, according to the WSDOT.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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