* Note this release was updated at 2:15 p.m. *
Dec. 19, 2017
Since Amtrak train 501 derailed Monday just south of the City of DuPont, the City of Lakewood has been inundated with requests from journalists to speak with Mayor Don Anderson based on comments he made at a council meeting earlier this month.
At that Dec. 4, 2017 meeting Anderson noted his concern about high-speed rail cutting through seven at-grade crossings in the city and the collateral damage that would occur should a train derail in city limits. His comments focused on the city’s concern that there are not enough safety precautions in place to protect pedestrian and vehicle traffic or the homes and businesses located around the railroad crossings in Lakewood.
The city continues to have concerns about the safety of our residents around the rail crossings in our community and routing high speed trains through urban areas without the proper safety measures in place, but our focus at this time is helping our neighbors in DuPont and assisting state and federal authorities as they continue with the investigation.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by yesterday’s derailment, including those who lost loved ones.
For more information on how people can help, visit Bloodworks Northwest , which is holding blood drives around the region to replenish the local blood supply after yesterday’s tragedy.
People looking for family or anyone who may be involved in the incident please call the reunification number: (800) 523-9101
The Washington State Patrol is posting updates to its InsideOut blog about the status of the Interstate 5 closure and alternative routes.