Caught on Camera: Mudslide knocks moving train off the tracks

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Everett, WA - After hours of hearing rumblings from the rain-soaked bank above the tracks, longshoreman john hill started rolling. 

The 75-foot wide slide slammed into a moving Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train near the port of Everett, derailing and crunching cars on the tracks.

As containers crumbled, Hill suddenly realized he could be in their perilous path.  

"I thought the rest of the rail cars were gonna pile up and come through the fence and get me, so I was trying to get out of the car and everything just came to a stop." 

Crews worked through the night trying to clear the massive mess of metal and mud off tracks. They hope to have freight trains back on these tracks...but passenger cars have longer to wait. Amtrak and the sounder train must wait 48 hours to make sure the scene is safe.

The train was carrying soup, frozen meat and disinfectant used in cleaning supplies and fertilizer. 
There were no injuries. 

Passenger  trains will not be allowed to operate in the area until at least tomorrow (Wednesday) while crews clear the scene. 

KOMO via CNN Newssource

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