Amtrak Train Derails In Washington State; Minor Injuries

STEILACOOM, Wash. (CBSNewYork/CBS News/AP) — Minor injuries were reported Sunday when an Amtrak train derailed in Washington state.

Authorities said several people suffered minor injuries in Steilacoom — a town in Washington state’s Pierce County.

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The locomotive and the baggage car of the Amtrak Cascades train derailed around 2:30 p.m. The train, which was carrying 267 passengers, derailed near the Chamber Bay golf course, which was the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.

Amtrak said in a statement that the passengers were taken to Tacoma aboard five buses.

Photos posted on social media show several cars of the train tipped over on the tracks, near the waters of the bay.

The Gig Harbor Police Department said one of its patrol boats was helping environment officials put in pollution-control booms to block fuel from the derailment from leaking into a nearby body of water.

The cause of the derailment was under investigation late Sunday, Amtrak said.

The railroad tracks on which the locomotive derailed was reopened shortly before 6 p.m. local time for service at limited speeds, Amtrak said.

Service usually runs between Vancouver, Canada, and Eugene-Springfield, Oregon, according to local reports.

Steilacoom is about 45 miles south of Seattle.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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