UPDATE 12:58 PM-At least three people are dead and dozens more injured following the derailment of a high-speed Amtrak train onto Interstate 5 near Tacoma, Washington.

Several cars left the track, with at least one landing upside-down below the interstate overpass.

A spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department confirmed multiple fatalities on the train.

Several motorists were injured, but no fatalities were reported on the Interstate.

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This was the first day for the Amtrak Cascades high-speed train on a new route parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


 

KING/NBC News- A high-speed Amtrak train has derailed onto Interstate 5 near Lacey, Washington, blocking all southbound lanes.

Photos from the scene show the derailed car hanging off an overpass. Washington’s Pierce County spokesman has confirmed multiple injuries and fatalities following the derailment of a high-speed Amtrak train onto Interstate 5 near Tacoma.

This was the first day for the Amtrak Cascades high-speed train on a new route parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Several ambulances were seen at the scene. The Washington State Patrol was on on-scene assisting with emergency operations.

Washington State DOT said southbound I-5 had was backed up from the incident to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The derailment closed southbound I-5. WSDOT is turning traffic.

The Pierce Co. Sheriff’s Office reported multiple cars had been struck by the derailed cars. Several people were injured but no motorists were killed.

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