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Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Amtrak train from Vancouver-Oregon derails near Tacoma

Amtrak train from Vancouver-Oregon derails near Tacoma

Passengers on board the train reported feeling a shuttering, the brakes being engaged and everything suddenly being tilted. There appear to be only minor injuries from the waterfront derailment of the Amtrak Cascades.

According to Amtrak, the 506 train went off the rails at the Chambers Bay Bridge in Steilacoom, just south of Tacoma, at 2:30 p.m.

Amtrak said that the locomotive and the baggage vehicle derailed around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Only minor injuries have been reported, according to the Pierce County Sherriff's Office.

Amtrak says the train was carrying 267 passengers. She also advised that all passengers were evacuated from the crash site and their travels to their destinations were accommodated through other means of transport.

In addition to on-scene assistance, the Gig Harbor PD also provided patrol boats to deploy "pollution booms" to help prevent possible fuel leaks in the waters along either side of the Chambers Bay Bridge. The department posted a photo Sunday afternoon on its Twitter account showing the work.

The locomotive and the baggage vehicle of the Amtrak Cascades train derailed Sunday about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Seattle near the town of Steilacoom, Amtrak and the Pierce County sheriff's office said.

215 passengers are being moved via Pierce Transit buses and are being taken to the Tacoma Amtrak station.

There have been no reports on the cause of the derailment. It happened in Steilcoom near Chamber's Bay Marina.

Trains are again moving in Washington state after an Amtrak that links Vancouver to OR derailed south of Seattle on Sunday afternoon.

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