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December 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Slide halts Seattle-Everett rail service until Tuesday

A mudslide that covered BNSF train tracks one mile south of Mukilteo Sunday morning has closed passenger train service between Seattle and Everett until at least Tuesday morning.

A 50-foot tree came down with debris that slid off of a 75-foot embankment at about 9:30 a.m., prompting a slide sensor to stop all passenger and freight traffic on the line, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. Crews immediately started clearing the debris, which was about five feet deep and 30 feet wide, so that freight operations could resume Sunday afternoon.

Heavy rain over the last week likely caused the slide, Melonas said. BNSF engineers are assessing the route’s safety for Sound Transit and Amtrak passenger service, which was automatically suspended for at least 48 hours.

Melonas said this slide wasn’t the biggest to hit the tracks this rainy season, which has already included some close calls between mudslides and train cars.

“This slide is not at the top in terms of volume, but a 50-foot tree coming down is significant, so we’re not taking any chances,” he said.

Earlier this month, a mudslide nearly hit a Sounder train, but an engineer was able to apply emergency brakes to avoid a collision.

Morning bus service for Dec. 30:

Everett-Seattle: Special buses will depart Everett Station at 5:45 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 6:45 a.m., and 7:15 a.m. in the Greyhound loading area. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 departing every 10 minutes

Mukilteo-Seattle: A special bus will depart Mukilteo Station at 6:26 a.m. and 7:26 a.m. at the traffic circle at the train platform. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at the Ferry Terminal departing at 5:49 a.m., 6:21 a.m., 6:51 a.m., 7:21 a.m., and 7:53 a.m.

Edmonds-Seattle: A special bus will depart Edmonds Station at 6:41 a.m. and 7:41 a.m. at the north side of the Amtrak lot. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 5:45 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 6:34 a.m., 6:55 a.m., and 7:42 a.m.

Everett-Mukilteo:
– Take Everett Transit 18 at Bay D2

Everett-Edmonds:
– Take Community Transit Swift at Bay G1 to 196th Street Southwest and Highway 99
– Transfer to Community Transit 196

Mukilteo – Edmonds:
– Take Community Transit 113 at Highway 525 and Front Street to Swamp Creek Park and Ride
– Transfer to Community Transit 116

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