Rock Slide stops train travel in Feather River Canyon

Mar 14, 2016 8:18 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

A rock slide has closed the Union Pacific Railroad tracks through the Feather River Canyon, at least until Wednesday.
UP officials told Action News Now that the rock slide was discovered near Pulga just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12th.
It was detected by a high frequency track inspection prompted by the stormy weather.
Railroad Spokesman Francisco Castillo says approximately five thousand cubic yards of rock fell on the main line, washing out a 100 foot section of track.
The slide is estimated to be 50 feet wide and 50 feet deep.
It's impacting 20 freight and passenger trains that travel east and west on the tracks ... Operated by Union Pacific, Burlington-Northern-Santa-Fe and Amtrak.
Crews have been working round the clock to clear the slide and make repairs.
The Wednesday date for the tracks to re-open is only tentative.

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