As crews work to disentangle train, trade nightmares continue for Thurston County

The continued closure of southbound Interstate 5 nearby DuPont following Monday’s lethal sight derailment made life formidable for South Sound commuters Tuesday, with drivers fast hourslong delays on all swap routes.

Looking ahead, a bad news is: State Transportation Department orator Travis Phelps says Interstate 5 could be close down for several days as officials finish a review during a scene. Authorities started to pierce derailed sight cars on Tuesday, loading them onto trucks and holding them to a secure trickery as a National Transportation Safety Board investigated.

But a good news is: Some Thurston County businesses along swap routes saw a lot some-more customers, and stepped adult to help, providing restrooms and refreshments.

It took commuters infrequently hours longer than common to get to work Tuesday, yet many stayed home and avoided trade altogether.

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“I wish to highlight that I-5 still could be sealed for several days,” Travis Phelps, a state Department of Transportation spokesman, pronounced during a Tuesday morning press conference.

About 60,000 drivers use that area of southbound I-5 any day, according to WSDOT. Instead, drivers were told to use Route 16 west from Tacoma to Route 3 south toward Shelton to U.S. 101 south toward Olympia to I-5; another choice was to use Route 512 easterly to Route 7 south.

But those routes fast corroborated up. WSDOT reported complicated trade on Route 507 as drivers attempted to make their approach around a scene. By 10:30 a.m., there was a 14-mile backup on southbound Route 507 going into Yelm, and a Route 16 road was deliberate a faster route.

“All these routes are going to be jam-packed,” Phelps said. “None of these routes can hoop a ability of I-5.”

Northbound trade on I-5 changed solemnly during Mounts Roads on Tuesday where crews were operative to transparent a scene, a vapid routine slowed by a rain.

The Mounts Road embankment onto Joint Base Lewis-McChord was sealed Tuesday morning for inbound traffic. There was a road from I-5 onto Center Drive by JBLM for internal trade only.

On The Olympian’s Facebook page, one male wrote he designed to work from home Tuesday after it took him scarcely 7 hours to get from Gig Harbor to Lacey on Monday.

Another lady wrote she had designed to take an Amtrak sight to Seattle on Friday.

“I’m kind of (skittish) to ride. What reserve precautions are they holding for other trains?” pronounced Veronica Hughes of Centralia.

After Hughes schooled that a trains using between Centennial Station nearby Lacey and Tacoma devise to use a prior waterfront route, she felt a small some-more comfortable. Hughes skeleton to take a sight to Seattle, afterwards fly to Alaska to see a grandson.


The I-5 trade rerouted by a Yelm area, resulted in some awfully prolonged wait times Monday and Tuesday. Some businesses offering to help.

Northwest Chevrolet in McKenna, that sits on one of a swap routes, announced around Facebook that they were providing giveaway coffee, H2O and cookies, as good as bathrooms for motorists, pronounced Nate Schilling, sales manager.

Schilling pronounced some drivers had been sitting in trade for 7 hours. He also got content messages from business Monday night, seeking if they were still open. By 9 p.m. Monday, though, a business had closed.

The dealership employs about 40 people and several of them were incompetent to come to work Tuesday, he said.

Main Street Cookie Company in Rainier was bustling Monday, trimming from solid to swamped with business due to a increasing traffic, owners Joycelyn Zambutto said. She, too, had listened from drivers who pronounced they had spent hours in trade to transport comparatively brief distances.

Truck drivers stopped by Tuesday morning to bucket adult on baked goods, such as cookies, rolls and scones, she said. By late Tuesday, patron activity had slowed, presumably because of a charge and complicated rain, Zambutto said.

At Rhonda’s Coffee House in Yelm, barista Kimy Hess pronounced business slowed Tuesday from Monday, expected since some-more people motionless to stay home to equivocate traffic. Monday was a opposite story, she said. Those she knows in Roy, her hometown, told her that some drivers spent four-and-a-half hours to transport as small as 8 or 10 miles.

Traffic on Monday was corroborated adult so prolonged between Eatonville and McKenna that Hess pronounced she saw a lorry motorist who had depressed asleep, his face pulpy adult opposite a driver’s side window.


The state Department of Social and Health Services, a largest state group with about 19,000 workers statewide, supposing a accumulation of options to employees influenced by a sight derailment, pronounced mouthpiece Mindy Chambers.

The group has some-more than 600 workers that live in Pierce and King counties who might have been influenced by a derailment.

On Monday and Tuesday, workers could do a following: Stay home and telecommute, work from another DSHS plcae if it was pursuit appropriate, or used accrued leave, she said.

Adequate staff was ensured during state hospitals, Chambers said.


Amtrak announced a following on a website about internal service: Until serve notice, all Cascades and Coast Starlight Service trains will road between Olympia-Lacey and Tacoma, handling out of a strange Tacoma Station located during 1001 Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98421.

Also, trains 505 and 508, that were scheduled to work as by use between Eugene and Seattle, will now work usually between Seattle and Portland.

Reporter Stacia Glenn contributed to this report.

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