The Associated Press
Crews with a crane and other heavy equipment reopened the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks near Auburn Monday evening, after a freight train derailed earlier in the day.
Spokesman Gus Melonas said the freight train derailed about 1 a.m. Monday just south of Auburn, blocking freight and passenger trains.
Melonas said two rail cars carrying cargo containers from Tacoma to Chicago left the tracks.
The derailment near Auburn was one of several rail headaches across the region. Heavy rains over the weekend send mudslides onto BNSF tracks north of Seattle.
On Sunday, mudslides hit tracks south of Everett at 5:15 p.m. and at Mukilteo at 11 p.m.
Crews were able to clear the tracks for freight trains, but Amtrak and Sounder commuter trains are on hold until 11 p.m. Tuesday for a 48-hour safety moratorium. Rail passengers will be bused.
Melonas says this is the first such moratorium this winter. There were dozens on the track last winter in Western Washington.