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April 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Large mudslide shuts down train service between Seattle, Everett

Train traffic between Seattle and Everett has been stopped after a large slide covered the tracks. (BNSF photo)

This 200-foot slide near Mukilteo has shut down train traffic between Seattle and Everett. (BNSF photo)

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m. | The BNSF Railway tracks re-opened to freight trains earlier this evening, according to BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. However, passenger trains cannot resume service until 48 hours after the slide.

Crews worked throughout the day to remove 8,000 cubic yards of material, Melonas said.

ORIGINAL POST | Train traffic between Seattle and Everett has been stopped after a large slide covered the tracks.

At 3:20 a.m., BNSF Railway employees were alerted to the slide on the tracks near Mukilteo, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.

“The slide measures up to 20 feet in height, 200 feet in length,” Melonas said. The slide came down a cliff 100-feet above the tracks.

All train traffic, including Sounder, Amtrak and BNSF trains, have been stopped until the debris is removed. A crane and crews are on site now.

BNSF geologists are monitoring the cliff above the tracks to make sure it is safe to resume train service. Freight traffic is expected to resume this afternoon, but Sounder and Amtrak service must wait 48 hours before being restored after a slide

“In terms of volume, this is the largest of the season. There have been 13 blocking events/slides this year,” Melonas said.

Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: BNSF Railway, Mukilteo, Oso mudslide


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