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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Amtrak Cascades train derails north of Vancouver, Wash.

The derailed Amtrak locomotive south of Kelso, Wash.  (Thomas M. Eckels)

At about 7 p.m., an Amtrak Cascades 509 train derailed near Woodland, about 18 miles north of Vancouver, Wash., said Amtrak spokeswoman Danelle Hunter.

The wheels of the engine lost contact with the rails but the northbound train remained upright and none of its 86 passengers were hurt, Hunter said. Passengers on both the northbound and southbound 509 trains will be given alternate transportation options to arrive at their destinations.

The only train schedule affected is tonight’s Cascades 509 train, which runs from Seattle to Eugene, Ore. Hunter said.

Passenger Carole Schmidt Davis said she and her three daughters were boarded onto a bus in Kelso at about 10:45 p.m. to go back home to Portland. The group had just finished a vacation that started in Chicago with a day and a half in Seattle.

“Certainly makes for an interesting finale,” Schmidt Davis said.

 

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