Mudslide Derails Amtrak Passenger Train


0  Updated at 2:45 pm, April 7th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — A mudslide derailed several cars of an Amtrak passenger train on Sunday morning, but there were no injuries reports.

The cause of the slide is still being investigated, but the area between Seattle and Everett, Wash., where the derailement occurred, has experienced rain recently.

The slide caused a dining car and two coach cars to derail. There were passengers on board at the time of the accident, but none of them were hurt.

“We have a quarter-mile of track that was damaged due to the derailment that we have to replace…we have to repair still,” said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Sante Fe which operates the tracks.

“A large amount of debris: mud, rock, trees, stumps slid down,” he said, describing the scene.

Melonas said that the repairs would take place overnight and during the early morning, and that the track should be put back in service by Monday.

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