Mudslide hits RR tracks on Seattle waterfront

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A mudslide hit railroad tracks along the waterfront in downtown Seattle Thursday night.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says heavy rain caused the slide that covered about 50 feet of track up to 4 feet deep near the north portal of the King Street tunnel.

Six freight trains were delayed until the slide was cleared about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

There's a 48-hour safety moratorium for passenger trains, so Sounder and Amtrak passengers between Seattle and Everett will have to take a bus.