Light Rail train derails in Seattle

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by KING5.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 17 at 11:14 AM

SEATTLE – Normal Link light rail service frequencies are expected to resume at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning following removal of a disabled light rail train blocking the southbound tracks in Seattle's SoDo area.

A Sound Transit Link Light Rail train derailed on a ramp near the SoDo train yard. A Sound Transit spokesperson said the train was blocking the northbound and southbound light rail tracks. It was just coming into service, so nobody was on board. The operator was not hurt.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately released.

Passengers were directed to temporary bus service operating between the Stadium and Mount Baker light rail stations.

Video from the scene shows the part of the train on one set of tracks, then sitting perpendicular on another set of tracks.

Another train was able to squeeze by the accident scene on another set of tracks. Maintenance workers could be seen walking on the tracks, investigating the problem.

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