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March 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Sunday night mudslide cancels Sounder North

The north Sounder commuter-train line and Amtrak service to Vancouver, B.C. will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of a new mudslide.

Just before 11 p.m. Sunday, several trees about 20 feet tall tumbled down a 50-foot-high slope near Richmond Beach, said Gus Melonas, spokesman for the BNSF Railway.  Federal safety rules require a 48-hour wait before passenger service can resume following a mudslide. Sound Transit tweeted that service between Everett and Seattle is suspended. Amtrak is providing bus service for train passengers between Seattle and Everett and trains from Everett north are still operating.

BNSF crews were clearing trees in an attempt to restart freight traffic by 1 a.m. Melonas said.

This is the 11th landslide to block the tracks since Oct. 1, compared to 60 incidents a year ago, he said.

Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: mudslides; Sound Transit; BNSF Railway


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