At Least Three Dead After Washington Amtrak Train Derails and Crashes (UPDATED)


An Amtrak train derailed in Washington State earlier this morning, resulting in a serious number of reported casualties and injures:

The Washington State Department of Transportation took to Twitter to warn about the serious accident on the I-5:

CBS News affiliate KKTV reported that fatalities and major injuries were confirmed in the derailment, and emergency responders are treating it as a “mass casualty incident.”

You can watch live coverage from KIRO 7 above.

We will update this post as more information comes in.

UPDATE –– 11:56 am ET: Amtrak says in a statement on its website, “Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended. Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate.”

UPDATE –– 12:27 pm ET: One local law enforcement official made brief comments about the response efforts, confirming there are multiple fatalities:

UPDATE –– 12:38 pm ET: Amtrak now has this statement on its website:

There were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board. Initial reports are that some injuries are reported to passengers and crew, and taken to local medical facilities for treatment.

Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call (800) 523-9101. Local emergency responders are on the scene.

UPDATE –– 12:53 pm ET: The Seattle Times is reporting at least three people were killed.

UPDATE –– 1:32 pm ET: Madigan Army Medical Center has already taken in injured patients:

And Governor Jay Inslee has released a statement on the derailment:

UPDATE –– 2:19 pm ET: Per the AP, one U.S. official has said at least six people were killed:

One local news outlet obtained a radio transmission sent from the scene:

UPDATE –– 4:36 pm ET: The CEO of Amtrak has put out a statement:

UPDATE –– 7:28 pm ET: Officials have confirmed three casualties thus far:

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