Deaths reported after major train derailment in Washington State


- October 21, 2012: About a dozen passengers and crew members on an Amtrak train from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, were injured when two locomotives and one or more coaches derailed after the train lost contact with the track near Niles, Michigan.

In its Monday night statement, Amtrak said a Passenger Reception Center is working with families of people who were on the train and listed a hotline, 800-523-9101, that family members with questions can call.

The incident took place near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

At least six people were killed by the derailment of an Amtrak train near Tacoma in the U.S. Washington state Monday morning, local authorities said.

But she cautioned that several of the roughly 100 people taken to area hospitals were in critical condition.

Photos posted to social media show train cars dangling from the tracks.

Troyer said multiple cars and trucks were struck by the train when at least one of the derailed cars hit the highway, and that some of the injured were able to walk off the train and are receiving treatment. Nobody in those vehicles died.

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- May 12, 2015: Amtrak Train 188 was travelling at twice the 50 miles per hour speed limit as it entered a sharp curve in Philadelphia and derailed.

It wasn't clear how many train cars fell onto the road Monday.

"These are new, upgraded tracks - that's what is so surprising about this", said John Niles with the Coalition for Effective Transportation Alternatives, which joined local elected officials in opposing the project.

Sheriff's spokesperson Ed Troyer said several motorists were injured, but all of the reported deaths are from passengers on the train.

The state's department of transportation said the derailment occurred on the first day of rerouting of trains between the cities of Tacoma and Olympia. "Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding", it said in an earlier tweet.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced it is sending a "go team" of 20 from Washington, DC, to investigate the derailment. "They are our top priority, and I know first responders are doing everything to ensure everyone has the care they need".