I think everyone can agree it has been a long couple of days. Just a little more than 50 hours after an Amtrak passenger train derailed in DuPont, Interstate 5 has reopened for public use.
As of this afternoon, December 20, 2017, the two left lanes are open, with a set reduced speed of 45 mph. All three lanes are expected to be open by tomorrow morning.
We want to send our deepest sympathy to all those affected by this tragic incident. It is heartbreaking when a major, and especially fatal, incident like this occurs. Please know that our hearts ache with you and we are keeping you in our thoughts.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the first responders, partner agencies, and citizens who immediately jumped into action.
Lastly, we are grateful for the outpouring of support that has been received from the community. Your patience and understanding played a critical role in getting the freeway back open.
The Washington State Patrol has been on scene since day one, working 24/7 shifts to assist the Washington State Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board with traffic control and investigation support.
We will continue in our efforts to provide you with any and all updates that transpire over the next few days, weeks, and months regarding this incident.