Amtrak train derails south of Seattle
STEILACOOM, Wash. — Several people suffered injuries after parts of an Amtrak passenger train derailed Sunday near a town in Washington state’s Pierce County about 45 miles south of Seattle, authorities said.
The locomotive and the baggage car of the Amtrak Cascades train derailed around 2:30 p.m. near the town of Steilacoom, Amtrak and the Pierce County sheriff’s office said. The train runs between Vancouver, Canada, and Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
The train, which was carrying 267 passengers, derailed near the Chambers Bay golf course, which was the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.
All passengers were evacuated and provided with alternate transportation, the company said. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, Amtrak said.
The railroad tracks on which the locomotive derailed was reopened shortly before 6 p.m. for service at limited speeds, Amtrak said.
Jacob Scott (left) of Carbondale, Ill., and Byrce Lund of Des Moines, Iowa, fill a cooler with ice and beer after purchasing it at Andy’s Liquor on Sunday in Rochester, Minn. Sunday was the first day for legal Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.