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UPDATE: A U.S. official says a train derailment outside of Seattle has killed at least six people and the death count is expected to rise.

The official who was briefed on the investigation also says preliminary signs indicate the Amtrak train may have struck something on the track before going off the track.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The high-speed train was making its first run on newly constructed tracks when it derailed before 8 a.m. Monday.

The official said because the tracks were new it was unlikely to be a maintenance issue.


TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – An Amtrak train has derailed roughly 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle, spilling cars onto a busy interstate.

The train derailed just before 8 a.m. Monday. The train derailed just south of Tacoma, Washington.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and motorists were being warned to avoid the area.

First responders there are reporting injuries and deaths.

 

PRELIMINARY INFO – Derailed Amtrak passenger train was heading south bound. Injuries and casualties reported, numbers to come. Media staging area at Eagles Pride Golf Course. #PCSD PIO Troyer enroute, will not answer his cell while driving priority.

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) December 18, 2017

 

WSP diverting traffic at DuPont. WSP aiding withbroad closure & getting assistance to scene. pic.twitter.com/fRw4uGNIVv

— Trooper Brooke Bova (@wspd1pio) December 18, 2017

 

Several cars on I5 struck by derailed Amtrak train cars. Multiple motorists injured on roadway, no fatalities of motorists reported.

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) December 18, 2017

Photos from scene of amtrak passenger train derailment pic.twitter.com/gd09MzLCC6

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) December 18, 2017

Amtrak says they have crew there. They released this statement.

 

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

— Amtrak (@Amtrak) December 18, 2017


We will be provide more information when it becomes available.