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Sounder Trains Between Seattle And Everett Back On Track

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SEATTLE (AP) — Passenger trains resume rolling north of Seattle Wednesday afternoon.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe says a safety moratorium for mudslides expires at 3 p.m.

Spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN’-us) says a dry spell has stabilized slopes that were saturated by 28 days of rain in December.

The section of tracks along Puget Sound between Seattle and Everett has been hit by 72 “blocking events” since Thanksgiving.

Crews have been able to quickly remove mud and vegetation to clear the tracks for freight trains. Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder trains observe a 48-hour moratorium to make sure the tracks are safe. Passengers are carried by bus when trains are on hold.

A mudslide on Dec. 17 just south of Everett hit a freight train and derailed seven cars.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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