Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved and affected by the Amtrak train that was derailed this morning near DuPont. The high speed train was traveling southbound between Tacoma and Olympia when 13 of its 14 cars derailed, according to the Washington State Patrol. Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency.
Here's how we can help aid during this time of need:
- Bloodworks Northwest is in need of blood donations for victims as soon as possible. Click here to schedule your donation at your local Bloodworks Northwest. Victims at St. Peter's Hospital in Lacey are in need of blood!
- American Red Cross is responding to the tragedy and getting resources to all of those impacted by this morning's accident. Consider giving a financial donation, or find out how you can help by clicking here.
- Avoid Interstate 5 near DuPont. This could affect traffic for several days.
- A reunification center for victims and their family and friends is being set up at DuPont City Hall. Anyone with questions about their friends and family on train 501 should call 800-523-9101.
We have issued 150+ units of blood in response to #Amtrak tragedy, creating major demands on local supply. Please schedule your blood donation as soon as possible at https://t.co/X6tU6djUyi. Can't come in today? A donation later this week supports ongoing care. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/aCbxr8ucmY— Bloodworks Northwest (@BloodworksNW) December 18, 2017
All SB lanes of I-5 blocked near Mounts Road in Pierce County due to derailed train car. Avoid area! pic.twitter.com/SBH7dCc6yg— WSDOT Tacoma Traffic (@wsdot_tacoma) December 18, 2017
Train Derailment- Here are some up close shots. SB lanes expected to be CLOSED well into the evening, if not longer. pic.twitter.com/Dsr6vNupVW— Trooper Will Finn (@wspd5pio) December 18, 2017