December 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM
Mudslides close rail line from Seattle to Everett
Passenger train traffic between Seattle and Everett has been shut down indefinitely because of continued mudslides north of Seattle.
BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said a moratorium on passenger traffic due to expire Saturday will be extended because of continued debris on the rail line. Engineers will assess the situation daily, he said. “This has been an extremely challenging week,” he said. Because the dry summer was followed so quickly by heavy rain, he said, soil hasn’t been able to absorb the moisture and rain has washed silt, mud, rock and loose trees onto the right-of-way.
Freight train traffic is continuing to move through the corridor at restricted speeds.
Sounder North Line train service to the Seahawks’ game against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday has been canceled along with its holiday service previously scheduled to operate Christmas Eve, said a spokeswoman for Sound Transit.
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