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NEW: President Trump responds to deadly Amtrak derailment

An Amtrak train detailed onto a highway in Washington on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (MGN/Gregor_WA / Twitter)

President Trump has responded to the Amtrack train derailment that killed and injured multiple people in Seattle Monday morning.

In a tweet, he wrote the incident "shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly."

According to the Associated Press, a U.S. official confirmed track obstruction is a possible cause of the crash.


All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 are closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord after an Amtrak train derailed and plunged off an overpass onto the freeway. Officials have reported some "casualties and injuries."

There were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board. Initial reports are that some injuries are reported to passengers and crew, and taken to local medical facilities for treatment, according to Amtrak.

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Amtrak released a statement on the incident.

Service Disruption South of Seattle
Amtrak Cascades services impaced
9:30 a.m. PT
Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, derailed south of Tacoma, Wash. There were approximately 78 passengers and five crew members on board. Initial reports are that some injuries are reported to passengers and crew, and taken to local medical facilities for treatment.
Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call (800) 523-9101. Local emergency responders are on the scene.
Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate. Amtrak Cascades Trains 504 and 509 are cancelled. No alternate transportation will be available.
Additional updates will be provided when available.
Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.



Service Disruption South of Seattle
Cascades Train 501
8:15 a.m. PT
Amtrak is aware of an incident with Train 501, Cascades service from Seattle to Portland. Emergency services are on the scene and Amtrak management is responding. Some injuries are reported.
Amtrak service south of Seattle is temporarily suspended. Service from Seattle to points north and east is continuing to operate.
Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.
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