- Associated Press - Monday, February 17, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Landslides on BNSF tracks have halted passenger service between Seattle and Everett, as well as between Tacoma and Olympia.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the slide caused by heavy rains struck shortly before midnight about 11 miles north of Seattle. He said Monday that crews removed the mud, trees and debris and reopened the line to freight trains. Melonas said a second slide occurred Monday morning in the Edmonds are at 4:30 a.m., sending debris onto tracks.

Another slide happened Monday near Nisqually.

The tracks in both areas were cleared and the line has been opened to freight traffic, but Melonas says a 48-hour moratorium on passenger trains along the lines has been declared as a precaution.

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