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Originally published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:53 PM

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Mudslides plague passenger trains north of Seattle

Mudslides continue to plague passenger rail traffic north of Seattle.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Mudslides continue to plague passenger rail traffic north of Seattle.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says tracks between Seattle and Everett have been shut down for passenger trains 95 percent of the time since Thanksgiving.

Melonas says three slides hit the area Wednesday, including two on Wednesday night. Another slide Tuesday night covered tracks in British Columbia south of Vancouver. That makes a total of 77 slides in that period in the greater Pacific Northwest corridor.

Crews can usually clear the tracks quickly to allow freight train traffic to resume. Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder trains must observe a 48-hour moratorium for safety. That now extends until late Friday night.

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