Inslee statement on Amtrak incident in Pierce County

December 18, 2017

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"Today’s tragic incident in Pierce County is a serious and ongoing emergency. Trudi and I are holding in our hearts everyone on board, and are praying for the many injured. They are our top priority, and I know first responders are doing everything to ensure everyone has the care they need.

"Everyone should avoid traveling I-5, and WSDOT is working to open alternative routes through the area during the emergency response. This morning I spoke with my cabinet officials, and we are in touch with Amtrak who we know are working to provide as much information as possible.

"WSDOT will have further updates on Twitter, those in the area can mark themselves safe with Facebook Safety Check, and I will be monitoring the situation with our team during the ongoing response."

The governor also has declared a state of emergency for the derailment: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/proc_17-13.pdf

Media Contact 

Chase Gallagher
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
360.902.4136