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Idaho rockslide halts passenger, freight trains

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A rock slide has closed a main BNSF Railway connection between Washington state and Idaho. A rock slide has closed a main BNSF Railway connection between Washington state and Idaho.
BONNERS FERRY, Idaho -

Update: 

A rock slide that closed a main BNSF Railway connection between Washington state and Idaho has been cleared.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says dozers and loaders were able to clear the line and they reopened at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The slide 14 miles east of Bonners Ferry covered the tracks at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Melonas says the slide was 20 feet deep, 50 feet wide and 200 feet long.

Amtrak passenger trains running from Seattle and Portland to Chicago were halted for 48 hours. Freight traffic was also temporarily suspended.

Melonas says the Amtrak trains will not be allowed through until 12:30 p.m. Sunday for safety reasons. Freight traffic has resumed.

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A rock slide has closed a main BNSF Railway connection between Washington state and Idaho.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says a large slide 14 miles east of Bonners Ferry covered the tracks about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Amtrak passenger trains running from Seattle and Portland to Chicago have been halted for 48 hours. Freight traffic has also been temporarily suspended.

Melonas says about 20 railway personnel along with heavy equipment have been brought in to clear the debris.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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