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December 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Second mudslide hits BNSF tracks in W. Washington

The Associated Press

EVERETT — Heavy rains and winds caused two mudslides Monday on Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in Western Washington.

The first at 1:30 a.m. covered tracks with mud, rocks and trees in the Nisqually area north of Olympia, said spokesman Gus Melonas.

The second at 11:30 a.m. covered slide-prone tracks in Everett where monitors were watching for it.

While the mudslides can be quickly cleared for freight trains, Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder passenger trains must observe a 48-hour safety moratorium before then can resume travel.

Comments | More in Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: BNSF, Everett, mudslides


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