Mudslides, derailment disrupt train service in Washington state

Jan. 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

SEATTLE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Mudslides and a train derailment in Washington state forced the cancellation of service Monday morning for rail commuters.

Amtrak and Northline Sounder service between Everett and Seattle was canceled because of mudslides, and Southline Sounder service between Lakewood and Seattle was canceled because of a freight train derailment between Auburn and Kent, KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported.

Everett train passengers boarded chartered buses to take them to Seattle, KIRO-TV reported.

Mudslides struck train tracks twice Sunday, once south of Everett, the other time in Mukilteo.

"It's fine," passenger Cheryl Drake said. "This year has been excellent compared to last year," a reference to 162 Sounder trips canceled last winter by mudslides.

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