Mudslide Derails Amtrak Cars on Train From Chicago

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Sunday, Apr 7, 2013  |  Updated 5:10 PM CDT
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A derailment on an Amtrak train from Chicago caused by a mudslide forced passengers to take buses for the last leg of their trip Sunday morning.

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A derailment on an Amtrak train from Chicago caused by a mudslide forced passengers to take buses for the last leg of their trip Sunday morning.

No injuries were reported for the train’s 86 passengers and 11 crew members on board, however, travelers were forced to finish the last 30 miles of their trip via buses, according to Amtrak officials.

A mudslide, repotedly involving 30 feet of earth, trees and rocks, derailed the last three cars on the Empire Builder near Everett, Wash. around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

The train, uncoupled from the three derailed cars, continued to Mukilteo, Wash. where passengers were transferred to Charter buses.

Crews are working to clear the debris and repair the track, expected to reopen Tuesday, and BNSF Railway is investigating the incident.
 

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