WSDOT: No timeline on when I-5 South will reopen at train derailment site

Two damaged train cars are removed atop flatbed trailers from the scene of an Amtrak train crash onto Interstate 5 a day earlier as northbound traffic passes nearby Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. Federal investigators say they don't yet know why the train was traveling 50 mph over the speed limit when it derailed Monday, killing some people and injuring dozens. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

DUPONT, Wash. – At a briefing early Wednesday morning, the Washington State Department of Transportation said there’s not timeline set for when Interstate 5 South will reopen near the scene of the deadly train derailment in DuPont, Wash.

Officials were hoping to reopen the interstate Wednesday, but now they say they don’t know if that will be possible.

Crews still need to remove the Amtrak locomotive from the scene.

Authorities expect I-5 traffic will pick up as the morning goes on.

Officials continue to recommend the 75-mile detour on SR 3 and SR 16. They say it was “underused” Tuesday.

More people were choosing to take SR 7 to SR 507, causing traffic congestion.

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