Tacoma Train Derails, Plunges Horrified Passengers Into Unsuspecting Highway Traffic
If you ever wondered why mass transit systems are money-losing propositions in nearly every instance, this is a perfect example of why.
Most people would rather take the increased odds of being in an accident in a motor vehicle because at least then they are taking their lives into their own hands, and not into the hands of people who look at their lives as a mere number in the census of passengers daily.
Meanwhile, injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed Monday morning in Washington state outside of Tacoma, causing at least one train car to fall off an overpass and onto an interstate highway, officials said.
Amtrak train 501 was traveling southbound from Seattle when it derailed along Interstate 5. “Injuries and casualties were reported,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said, though it’s unclear how many people that included.
A highway camera showed at least one train car toppled onto the road, causing a traffic jam reports KOMO News.
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 are closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord after the derailment.
Motorists are being warned to avoid the area.
“I was just shocked,” said Peter Zimmerman of Olympia. “I couldn’t believe it. It was like something out of a movie.”
State transportation officials say the train derailed near Mounts Road.
Amtrak officials said the train was the No. 501, which operates between Seattle and Portland.
Monday was the first day of schedule changes to include two new round trips between Seattle and Portland, according to the Amtrak website. Amtrak train 501 runs between Portland and Seattle daily.
Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended. Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 18th, 2017
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