This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

At least three people were killed and nearly 100 injured when Amtrak train derailed and fell partially off a bridge, striking several cars on a busy interstate near Olympia, Washington on Monday morning.

The train fell on to Interstate 5, and motorists were injured but not killed, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. Area hospitals and a nearby Army medical center treated 97 victims from the accident, including four in critical condition. The traffic jam caused by the accident forced ambulances to take many patients to Tacoma instead of Olympia.

Thirteen of the train’s 14 cars derailed, and the incident involved five vehicles in addition to two semi-trailer trucks, according to Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova. There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board.

Image courtesy of Washington State Patrol
Image courtesy of Washington State Patrol

Authorities are treating it as a “mass-casualty event,” according to KIRO News.

Amtrak identified the train as a southbound Train No. 501. It was reportedly on its inaugural run and was headed to Portland from Seattle, which it left around 6:00am. It had left its stop in a new station in Tacoma before it derailed around 7:45am PT near Lacey. Twitter user @Gregor_WA captured the scene on video and shared it on his account:

Images of the accident showed train cars hanging off the bridge onto I-5, which was closed off to traffic in both directions. Traffic on both sides was backed up at least three miles, according to the Seattle Times.

Amtrak said train traffic from Seattle to Portland was affected.

The No. 501 run was Amtrak’s first use of a new bypass route that cost $181 million and began construction in 2010, meant to shave off about 10 minutes from the length of the Seattle-Portland trip. The new route allowed trains to reach speeds of up to 79 mph.

This is a developing story — stay tuned to TPG for updates.

The original version of this article reported six fatalities. This was the original death count reported by the Associated Press before a correction was issued.

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.