The mother of a local fellow lives in Buffalo, New York, and saw this video on her local TV news of a mudslide and train wreck that happened Monday near Everett. Nothing in our Bellingham Herald. Did you know of it? It did appear on KOMO - and that is where the Buffalo station got it.
Update - 12:28 p.m. - Correction. The Bellingham Herald did carry the story. Searching Tuesday's paper again showed a very small article on page 9 but no photo. Was missing from their Whatcom and Northwest news section on page 2 - where it belonged. We call that buried.
As you watch the video, think what it would look like if that were an Amtrak train loaded with passengers.
WIVB 4 of Buffalo, New York has the video.
And to see how it played on KOMO, click here. But it took some pounding on the KOMO site to find this as it is now buried.
Update - 2:30 p.m. - Youtube has a more complete video. Thanks to Bob A. for the link. Interesting to see the preliminary slides that alerted John Hill to start taking a video.
So, how much intimidating influence does Goldman Sachs and SSA and Burlington Northern Santa Fe have with local media? Just askin'. The Herald just probably thought this news was of no interest to citizens in Whatcom County. Yeah.
This slide happened at 1:30 p.m. Monday. BNSF crews cleaned it up overnight. Freights and coal trains were able to use the tracks yesterday, Tuesday. After the 48 hours since cleanup is finished, Amtrak will be allowed to use the tracks again. That should be Thursday.
There is a $500 million Federal Fund set aside to make rail improvements that include this section of track and also other switching yards and additional rails as needed for the coal port. All this courtesy of Senator Patty Murray. Of course her office says only that a previous fund was updated. Yes, quietly. The point is - this mudslide area has not been fixed because it runs for miles along the railroad tracks near Everett. Too expensive - but will not be too expensive if the coal port is built. A sad comment on Senator Murray's misplaced priorities.