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BNSF Train Derails West of Spokane Washington [Updated x 2]

bnsf_train A westbound BNSF train traveling around 10 miles per hour derailed approximately 30 from Spokane Washington affecting freight and passenger service (Amtrak) to and from Seattle. The train was departing a siding near Edwall when 16 empty cars left the tracks around 12:00 A.M. Wednesday morning June 2, 2010.

BNSF has a score of people working to repair the 1000 feet of track that was damaged due to the derailment and hopes to have the track ready for service sometime after 3 P.M. today. There were no reported injuries and all the cars remained upright after the derailment.

Update: When I called Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL and tried to check the status for the Empire Builder, train #7 the automated attendant “Julie” said “Due to a service interruption on that line, I will need to transfer you to a representative.”

The human representative said “Due to a BNSF train blocking all tracks that train #7 to Seattle terminated at Spokane early this morning with bus service continuing to Seattle and that train #8 for today from Seattle was canceled. Train #8 passengers will get on buses in Seattle and then board train #8 originating in Spokane and continue on to points east.”

Keep in mind that schedules and alternative options can change, so be sure to check with Amtrak if you are scheduled to travel on the Empire Builder train #8 from Seattle today.

Update 2: KXLY has a short video of the train derailment near Edwall and here is a direct link to the footage.

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