The slide occurred about 9 p.m. Friday, as debris slipped onto the track near Titlow Beach, about eight miles south of Tacoma.
A landslide has suspended Amtrak passenger service between Seattle and Portland until at least Sunday night, officials said.
Amtrak says it’s seeking alternate transportation for service between Kelso and Seattle.
The slide occurred about 9 p.m. Friday, as debris slipped onto the track near Titlow Beach, about eight miles south of Tacoma, said Gus Melonas, spokesman for BNSF Railway, which owns the track.
The company dispatched crews to clean up the slide and freight trains were allowed through again early Saturday, said Melonas. The slide was about 30 feet long, he sai.
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BNSF has placed a 48-hour moratorium on passenger service in the area as a precaution and in order to conduct an assessment, the spokesman said.
The earliest the stretch could reopen to passenger trains is 10 p.m. Sunday, he said.