All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 are closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord after an Amtrak train derailed and fell off an overpass onto the freeway.
Some injuries have been reported.
Motorists are being warned to avoid the area.
"I was just shocked," said Peter Zimmerman of Olympia. "I couldn't believe it. It was like something out of a movie."
State transportation officials say the train derailed near Mounts Road.
Amtrak officials said the train was the No. 501, which operates between Seattle and Portland.
The train had just begun using a new high-speed route Monday morning.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.
All SB lanes of I-5 blocked near Mounts Road in Pierce County due to derailed train car. Avoid area! pic.twitter.com/SBH7dCc6yg— WSDOT Tacoma Traffic (@wsdot_tacoma) December 18, 2017
This was the first day for the Amtrak Cascades high-speed train on its new route w trains further inland parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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