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Another Amtrak Cascades train derailed almost exactly one year after DuPont wreck; no injuries

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No passengers were injured Monday when an Amtrak Cascades train derailed while slowly backing into the station in Vancouver, Canada.

An Amtrak Cascades train arriving in Vancouver, B.C., from Seattle derailed at low speed Monday. Nobody was hurt, but the timing was unfortunate: The derailment occurred almost exactly one year after last December's deadly derailment south of Tacoma, which killed three people and injured dozens more. 

"Amtrak Cascades train 516 operating from Seattle to Vancouver derailed three cars at a slow speed while reversing into the Vancouver station," Amtrak public relations manager Olivia Irvin said by email. "There were no injuries to the approximately 102 customers on board or crew members."

The three derailed cars stayed upright, but leaned toward an adjacent freight track, according to a rail enthusiast who posted a description of the midday mishap to

Separately, a passenger shared pictures on Twitter showing a broken window and a bent-out-of-shape exit door.

Irvin said the cause of the derailment is currently under investigation. Canadian National owns the tracks leading into Vancouver's Pacific Central Station.

Amtrak is replacingits twice daily train between Seattle and British Columbia with bus service through December 23.

The regional Amtrak Cascades service was already down one train set because of the much more serious derailment near DuPont, Washington on December 18, 2017. Irvin said Monday's damage to another Talgo train set is still being assessed.

"The train has been taken out of service," Irvin said.

No word yet whether this new derailment will cause ongoing service disruptions.

Now semi-retired, Tom Banse covered national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reported from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events unfolded. Tom's stories can be found online and were heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.