High speed Amtrak train derails near Tacoma, Wash.

High speed Amtrak train derails near Tacoma, Wash.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 8:39 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 7:32 PM

Washington Transportation officials are saying there could be many casualties after a high speed Amtrak train derailed near Tacoma, Washington Monday morning.

The train car derailed on Monday morning, blocking southbound lanes of a highway near Tacoma, Washington.

Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted a picture of the derailment at 7:45 a.m. PST, showing what appeared to be a car on its side over a highway lane.

"All SB lanes of I-5 blocked near Mounts Road in Pierce County due to derailed train car. Avoid area!" the tweet said.
Following the incident, Amtrak tweeted that it had been made aware of the incident.

Officials are calling the incident a likely "mass casualty event," however there have been no word on the extent of any injuries at this time. Officials did say that the train did have passengers on board at the time of the crash. 

There is no word on what caused the train to initially derail. 

"We are aware of an incident involving Amtrak train 501. We will update with additional details as they become available," Amtrak tweeted.

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