Sounder Stopped Between Everett and Seattle by 13th Mudslide of the Season

April 1, 2014


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13th Mudslide of season causing interruptions for Sounder train service between Everett, WA and Seattle

The bad news, a mudslide 3 miles south of Mukilteo halted Sounder trains between Everett and Seattle this morning. The good news, this was only the 13th slide of the season compared to 60 over the same time period last season. That word from Gus Melonas a spokesperson for BNSF. “Technology, mitigation efforts and less rainfall over the last several months have all contributed to the reduced number of slides this season over last,” said Melonas in a phone interview with He said today’s slide happened at 3:20am and was 200 feet long and 15 feet deep. Crews have come in by rail and are removing debris and hope to have the tracks open to freight traffic by 4:30pm this afternoon. Passenger traffic will have to wait 48 hours to resume. Sound Transit and Amtrak are using busses between Everett and Seattle for the next two days.

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