Amtrak Accident Subject of Board Meeting


The National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday its intention to hold a board meeting May 21, 2019, 1 p.m. (ET), to determine the probable cause of the Dec. 18, 2017, Amtrak accident near DuPont, Washington. 

Three passengers were killed and 65 others including passengers, crew and occupants of highway vehicles were injured when Amtrak train 501, traveling at 78 mph, derailed from a highway overpass near DuPont, Washington. The accident happened during the first regular passenger service trip on a single main track near milepost 19.86. The lead locomotive, the power car and two passenger railcars derailed onto Interstate 5, and eight highway vehicles came into contact with the derailed equipment. 

Previously released information about the accident investigation is available at  

WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members. 

WHAT:  An open to the public board meeting. 

WHERE:  NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 420 10th St., SW, Washington, DC. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 1 p.m. (EDT).  

HOW:  Media covering the meeting in person are asked to be in place no later than 12:45 p.m. on the day of the event. The public meeting will also be webcast.  A link for the webcast will be available at shortly before the start of the meeting.


To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).