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Category: Amtrax


Amtrak train hits pickup on JBLM land south of Tacoma, kills driver

An Amtrak Cascades train hit a pickup truck about 19 miles south of Tacoma on Joint Base Lewis-McChord land about 7 p.m. tonight, killing the driver, according to JBLM spokeswoman Brendalyn Carpenter.

The train left Seattle at 5:30 p.m. on its way to Portland, and had about 153 passengers on board at the time of the accident at Solo Point, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham.

No one on the train was injured.

The base is not yet releasing information about the victim, Carpenter said.

JBLM law enforcement and first responders are on the scene, she said.

The train will

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UPDATED: BNSF tracks closed to Amtrak for 48 hours due to slide near Vancouver, Wash.

UPDATED: Amtrak trains are under a 48-hour moratorium  to insure the slope than slide onto  the main line is stable, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

The slide this morning covered about 25 feet of the tracks closest to the hillside to a depth of about two feet, he said. That material will be cleared and freight trains will be allowed to run on it by 3:30 p.m.

The other set of tracks was not hit   by the slide as much and is now open to freight trains only.

He said the slide was caused by super saturation of the 65-foot

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