Tampering shuts down main BNSF line in SW Wash.



LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The main BNSF rail line is shut down through southwest Washington, as BNSF police and inspectors investigate tampering along the railway from north of Vancouver to Chehalis.

Spokesman Gus Melonas says BNSF personnel discovered the tampering shortly before 11 a.m. Monday along that corridor. He says nine trains including Amtrak are being held. A limited number of freight trains are being escorted through at restricted speeds. The first incident was reported near the Longview.

Melonas says police are searching the area for suspicious activity and are investigating further.

He says the main rail lines will be closed until it’s determined to be safe.