Everett mudslide hits railroad tracks
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Amtrak and Sound Transit trains won't travel to Everett until Friday morning as a safety precaution, following two mudslides that hit the railroad tracks early Wednesday in the city.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says a slide about 1:30 a.m. covered 30 feet of track about 5 feet deep in mud, rocks and trees.
An excavator clearing that slide was hit by a second slide about 5:30 a.m. No one was injured.
The track was cleared by 11 a.m., and freight trains are rolling. There's a 48-hour safety moratorium for passenger trains.
Melonas says inspectors are monitoring BNSF tracks for mudslides because of recent heavy rains.