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February 6, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Mudslide hits railroad tracks between Seattle and Everett

The Associated Press

EVERETT — A mudslide Friday morning covered the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks just south of Everett.

Spokesman Gus Melonas says the tracks were cleared for freight trains Friday afternoon but that Amtrak and Sound Transit passenger trains have to wait 48 hours — until late Sunday morning — to resume service. Rail passengers are being bused between Seattle and Everett during the safety moratorium. Commuters can get more information at the Sound Transit website.

Melonas says BNSF geotechnical experts are monitoring steep slopes along the tracks for stability.

Recent heavy rains are likely responsible for the mudslide that covered the tracks 5 feet deep. The rail line south of Everett runs along Puget Sound at the base of a bluff and is frequently hit by mudslides.

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