On December 18, 2017, at 7:33 a.m., Pacific standard time, southbound Amtrak passenger train 501, consisting of a leading and trailing locomotive, a power car, 10 passenger railcars and a luggage car, traveling at 78 mph derailed from a highway overpass near DuPont, Washington. The speed limit for that curve was 30 miles per hour.
When the train derailed, it was on its first regular passenger service trip on a single main track (Lakewood subdivision) at milepost 19.86. The lead locomotive, the power car, and two passenger railcars derailed onto Interstate 5. Fourteen highway vehicles came into contact with the derailed equipment.
At the time of the accident, 77 passengers, 5 Amtrak employees, and a Talgo Incorporated technician were on the train.1 Of these individuals, 3 passengers were killed, and 62 passengers and crew members were injured. Eight individuals in highway vehicles were also injured.
The damage is estimated to be more than $40.4 million.
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