Locomotive on Amtrak train derails in Tukwila; no one injured

The locomotive of a northbound Amtrak passenger train derailed early Sunday afternoon in Tukwila, but none of the 236 passengers on board was injured, according to the Tukwila Fire Department.

The locomotive of a northbound Amtrak passenger train derailed early Sunday afternoon in Tukwila, but none of the 236 passengers on board was injured, according to the Tukwila Fire Department.

Tukwila fire crews found the 12 passenger cars were upright but the locomotive was leaning slightly from the track at about 2:20 p.m. in the area of 7300 Fun Center Way, according to the department.

Crews quickly determined there were no injuries and no fuel leaking from the train, which was traveling no faster than 5 mph.

Cause of the derailment is under investigation.  Amtrak and BNSF are working together to determine the cause.

Amtrak did an excellent job in taking care of passengers in getting them on buses to continue their trip, according to a fire department news release.

The original dispatch included fire units from Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Burien, South King County Medic One and several Tukwila Police units.

“The response went very well from all points of view.  We appreciate all the cooperation between Amtrak, BNSF, fire, police and responding mutual aid companies,” the news release said.

 

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