Washington Incident Responses for Cascades Train 501

Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, derailed south of Tacoma, Wash. There were 77 passengers, five crew members, and one Talgo technician that monitors the operation of the equipment enroute onboard.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries due to the derailment of  Amtrak Cascades Train 501 south of Tacoma.

There is a thorough investigation underway to determine what happened.  The investigation will be conducted by NTSB, and we will cooperate fully with all authorities. At this time, we will not speculate about the cause, and we encourage others not to speculate as well.

We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Pierce County EMA, American Red Cross, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and all responders and medical professionals for their assistance.

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Additional media information will be posted here as it is available and media may contact MediaRelations@amtrak.com or 202.906.3860 for more information.

Service Alerts & Updates

Statement from Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson

| December 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – “The installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the required routes nationwide will make our whole railroad network safer. Amtrak has been a committed PTC leader – prioritizing, completing and activating installation across the parts of the network that we control even as others in the industry have opposed the PTC mandate and worked to delay it.

“It is imperative that the rail industry urgently work together to get PTC activated on the national network as soon as possible – and certainly by the December 2018 federal deadline, if not before.”

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Amtrak Service Disruption South of Seattle

| December 20, 2017

Until further notice, all Cascades and Coast Starlight Service trains will detour between Olympia-Lacey -Tacoma, operating out of the original Tacoma Station located at 1001 Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98421. Please note that customers traveling on this detour may experience a 10 to 15-minute delay.

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Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson News Conference in Tacoma

| December 19, 2017

Executive to visit Family Assistance Center, Meet with Media & Officials

TACOMA, Wash. – Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson will meet with those assisting with family members of those affected by yesterday’s Train 501 incident near DuPont, Wash. He will also hold a news conference at the Tacoma Dome Amtrak Station.

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Amtrak Service Disruption South of Seattle

| December 19, 2017

Until further notice, all Cascades and Coast Starlight Service trains will detour between Olympia-Lacey -Tacoma, operating out of the original Tacoma Station located at 1001 Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98421. In addition, Cascades Train 502 is cancelled for Tuesday, Dec. 19. Customers may choose other trains for alternate transportation.

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Amtrak Service Disruption South of Seattle

| December 18, 2017

Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, derailed south of Tacoma, Wash. There were approximately 80 passengers and five crew members on board.
Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate. Amtrak Cascades Trains 504 and 509 are cancelled. 502 will be cancelled on Tuesday, Dec. 19. No alternate transportation will be available.

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Amtrak to Discuss Cascades Train 501 Incident in Washington

| December 18, 2017

Amtrak will host a media conference call on Monday, Dec. 18 at 12:15 p.m. PT with Richard Anderson, Amtrak President and co-Chief Executive Officer to discuss the incident with Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, which was derailed south of Tacoma, Washington. On the call, Anderson will give a brief overview on the incident. You may join the conference five minutes prior to its start.

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Amtrak Service Disruption South of Seattle

| December 18, 2017

Amtrak Cascades Services impacted

Dec. 18, 2017

9:30 a.m. PT

Business hours: Amtrak Media Relations, Oakland: 510 238.4360;
email: MediaRelationsOakland@Amtrak.com

After hours, weekends & holidays: 800 562.1904

Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, derailed south of Tacoma, Wash. 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. 

Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate. Amtrak Cascades Trains 504 and 509 are canceled. No alternate transportation will be available.

Additional updates will be provided when available.

This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Anyone can subscribe to automated email or text message notifications if Amtrak trains are behind schedule at specific stations. Notifications can be given for up to six trains and stations by either text or email and delivered when you choose – on a single day, every day, or just certain days of the week. Create a subscription at Amtrak.com/delayalerts.

Passengers with travel plans also can confirm their train’s status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.comsmartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service Alerts, Passenger Notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.

Service Disruption South of Seattle

| December 18, 2017

Cascades Train 501

Dec. 18, 2017

8:15 a.m. PT

Business hours: Amtrak Media Relations, Oakland: 510 238.4360;

email: MediaRelationsOakland@Amtrak.com

After hours, weekends & holidays: 800 562.1904

Amtrak is aware of an incident with Train 501, Cascades service from Seattle to Portland. Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding. Some injuries are reported.

Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended. Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate.

This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Anyone can subscribe to automated email or text message notifications if Amtrak trains are behind schedule at specific stations. Notifications can be given for up to six trains and stations by either text or email and delivered when you choose – on a single day, every day, or just certain days of the week. Create a subscription at Amtrak.com/delayalerts.

Passengers with travel plans also can confirm their train’s status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.comsmartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service Alerts, Passenger Notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.