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Freight Train Derailment Blocks Tracks in Everett

Nov 20, 2006 | AP

Freight train derailment blocks tracks in Everett Ten rail cars loaded with wood products jumped the tracks early Monday, blocking Amtrak passenger trains and Sound Transit service between Everett and Seattle.

The derailment occurred shortly before 2 a.m. as the train was passing over a switch less than a mile south of the old Everett train station. Repair crews expected to reopen one set of tracks by 1 a.m. Tuesday and the other later that day, Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas said.

No one was injured, no hazardous materials or toxic substances were involved and there was no risk of pollution, Melonas said. The cause remained under investigation but train handling was ruled out, he added.

The first of the 10 cars to go off the tracks was 19 cars behind the four engines pulling the 89-car train, he said. One car was partly in Puget Sound, four were on their sides, two were tilting and three were upright. All were carrying lumber, veneerboard, particleboard or wood pulp.

Geoff Patrick of Sound Transit said the derailment blocked commuter service Monday morning and evening between Everett and Seattle. Amtrak passenger trains also were blocked, Melonas said.

He said some eastbound freight trains were being detoured through the Columbia River Gorge.

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