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EVERETT, Wash. - A mudslide has derailed a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train just south of Everett.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the slide came off a 100-foot slope and struck the train at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, in the same area where a slide covered the tracks earlier in the day. Seven cars were derailed. They were carrying various types of freight, including small packages of disinfectant and chemicals used in cleaning supplies and fertilizer.

Melonas says a hazardous materials team did respond, but there is no threat to the environment or public health.

The tracks are expected to remain closed for freight trains at least until tomorrow, and Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder passenger trains must observe a 48-hour safety moratorium before then can resume travel.

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