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Zack Willhoite, Jim Hamre, and Benjamin Gran, 40, killed in train derailment at Interstate 5 near Lacey, Washington

Modified Date: 
Sat, 09/14/2019 - 8:20am
Accident Date: 
Monday, December 18, 2017

Fatalities, people trapped after train derails onto I-5 near Lacey; all lanes blocked

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 train derails near Tacoma, Washington

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.         

Name of man killed in Amtrak Cascades crash released

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.

Lifelong rail, transit enthusiast killed in train derailment

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.   

Rail advocates among 3 killed in Washington state Amtrak derailment

Two rail advocates are among three dead in Monday's Washington state Amtrak train derailment.   

Auburn man identified as third person killed in train derailment

Benjamin Gran, 40, was identified by the Pierce County medical examiner Wednesday.   

Injured conductor files first lawsuit against Amtrak for Dec. 18 derailment

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[2] of Amtrak Cascades 501 through the Point Defiance Bypass, according to Freeman’s attorneys.

Engineer in deadly Amtrak crash had no experience on new locomotive

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.

Jury awards $17M to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment

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.

People Involved: 
Zack Willhoite
Jim Hamre
Benjamin Gran
Garrick Freeman
Dale Skyllingstad
Blaine Wilmotte
Roadway: 
Interstate 5
City: 
Lacey, WA

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