Mudslide Derails Train


A mudslide has derailed a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train just south of Everett, Washington.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the slide came off a 100-foot slope and struck the train at about 1:30 p.m. Monday (12/17) in the same area where a slide covered the tracks earlier in the day. Seven cars were derailed.

The cars were carrying various types of freight, including small packages of disinfectant and chemicals used in cleaning supplies and fertilizer.

A hazardous materials team did respond, but officials say there is no threat to the environment or public health.

The tracks are expected to remain closed for freight trains for now.

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