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Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:52 a.m.

No injuries after slide hits Amtrak train in Everett

  • BNSF and Amtrak officials examine the last two coaches of the Chicago to Seattle Empire Builder that derailed just north of Howarth Park in Everett on...

    Doug Ramsay / For the Herald

    BNSF and Amtrak officials examine the last two coaches of the Chicago to Seattle Empire Builder that derailed just north of Howarth Park in Everett on Sunday morning. There were no injuries in the derailment and passangers from the derailed cars were moved to the front cars as the train continued to Seattle with the two derailed cars being left behind.

  • BNSF and Amtrak officials examine the last two coaches of the Chicago to Seattle Empire Builder that derailed just north of Howarth Park in Everett on...

    Doug Ramsay / For the Herald

    BNSF and Amtrak officials examine the last two coaches of the Chicago to Seattle Empire Builder that derailed just north of Howarth Park in Everett on Sunday morning. There were no injuries in the derailment and passangers from the derailed cars were moved to the front cars as the train continued to Seattle with the two derailed cars being left behind. Photo taken 20130407

  • BNSF and Amtrak officials examine the last two coaches of the Chicago to Seattle Empire Builder that derailed just north of Howarth Park in Everett on...

    Doug Ramsay / For the Herald

    BNSF and Amtrak officials examine the last two coaches of the Chicago to Seattle Empire Builder that derailed just north of Howarth Park in Everett on Sunday morning. There were no injuries in the derailment and passangers from the derailed cars were moved to the front cars as the train continued to Seattle with the two derailed cars being left behind. Photo taken 20130407

A landslide derailed the last three cars of an Amtrak train just before 9 a.m. Sunday, but the cars remained upright and no one was injured.

The slide was between the Port of Everett's south terminal and lower Howarth Park, said Rick Robinson, fire marshal for the Everett Fire Department.

The fire department responded with three ladder trucks and several medic units, but no one required treatment at the scene, he said.

Three rail cars remained blocking the tracks. The rest of the train was detached and continued on to Mukilteo to discharge passengers, Robinson said.

The slide was enough to "tip the rails over," he said. "Not the cars, just the rails," Robinson said.

It wasn't immediately clear how long the tracks would remain closed.

More details about the effect on travel will be posted as they become available.



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