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Zack Willhoite, Jim Hamre, and Benjamin Gran, 40, killed in train derailment at Interstate 5 near Lacey, Washington
All lanes are blocked in the heavily traveled area near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The train that overturned is a new Amtrak train. It provides service from Seattle to Portland.
Amtrak Cascades debuted a new route from Seattle-Portland that takes trains on an inland corridor parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and DuPont.
Officials released the name Tuesday morning of one the three killed. Zack Willhoite worked for Pierce Transit as a customer service specialist. He had been with the agency since 2008.
Nearly a day after the catastrophic train derailment in Washington state, family, friends and colleagues are remembering a man who was a lifelong enthusiast of rails and public transit.
Garrick Freeman, a 48-year-old Bellevue resident who suffered a shattered pelvis and cracked ribs, had been asked by his employer to work on the inaugural trip of Amtrak Cascades 501 through the Point Defiance Bypass, according to Freeman’s attorneys.
The engineer of an Amtrak train that derailed near DuPont, Washington had no experience operating the train's new charger locomotive, according to federal officials at a Tuesday investigative hearing into the crash.
In June, the National Transportation Safety Board published its final report on the crash, with the agency’s vice chairman blasting what he described as a “Titanic-like complacency” among those charged with ensuring safe train operations.