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Mudslides halt passenger train service in Pacific Northwest

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While freight trains will continue to operate on the railroad, passenger traffic will be halted. While freight trains will continue to operate on the railroad, passenger traffic will be halted.

Several mudslides Saturday on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in the Seattle region have shut down Amtrak passenger train traffic between Seattle and Everett and Ridgefield and Vancouver until Monday, said a spokesman for BNSF.

While freight trains will continue to operate on the railroad, passenger traffic will be halted as company officials examine the slides and ensure that the stretches of track will be safe for passenger traffic, said Gus Melonas, a BNSF spokesman.

Amtrak officials say the tracks are used by Amtrak Cascades and Empire Builder trains.

Another landslide also affected Amtrak service between Kelso, Washington and Portland, Ore.

Amtrak says they are providing alternate transportation with chartered buses.

They expect all the tracks to reopen on Monday.

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