Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Sept. 21, 2021

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Vancouver slide halts passenger train service

By , Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter

A landslide in Vancouver will halt passenger train service through Clark County until 6:50 a.m. Monday.

The slide at 6:50 a.m. today covered a section of the BNFS track between Vancouver’s rail junction and Felida.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the slide happened when a shelf atop a 100-foot-high cliff adjacent to the tracks peeled off. The slide covered a 20-foot section of the double main rail line with mud, rocks, trees and other debris to a depth of 3 feet.

Both rail lines were cleared by 2:30 p.m. But for safety, the railroad called a 48-hour moratorium on Amtrak passenger traffic.

“A geo-tech team is there now, assessing slope stability,” Melonas said.

BNFS has already resumed freight traffic along the rail line, Melonas said, but passenger trains call for a much higher level of precaution.

An Amtrak spokesman said passengers will be offered charter bus service to their destinations.

Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter