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.
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