Freight train traffic resumes after derailment

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Freight train traffic has resumed on a stretch of rail south of Everett that was hit by a mudslide that {A href=""}derailed a freight train. However, a fresh mudslide has extended a moratorium on passenger train traffic in the area.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says freight traffic restarted late Tuesday afternoon after crews worked through the night to rerail one of the derailed freight cars.

Melonas says another slide hit shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday in the same area. That means a 48-hour safety moratorium for Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder passenger trains has been extended until Thursday morning. The moratorium affects passenger train traffic between Seattle and Everett.

The spokesman says the other six cars derailed in Monday afternoon's mudslide will be removed over the next three weeks.