2nd mudslide hits BNSF tracks in W. Wash.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

EVERETT, Wash. -- Heavy rains and winds caused two mudslides Monday on Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in Western Washington.

The first at 1:30 a.m. covered tracks with mud, rocks and trees in the Nisqually area north of Olympia.

Spokesman Gus Melonas says the second at 11:30 a.m. covered slide-prone tracks in Everett where monitors were watching for it.

While the mudslides can be quickly cleared for freight trains, Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder passenger trains must observe a 48-hour safety moratorium before then can resume travel.

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