Ground sinks beneath train

The Chronicle

RIVERSIDE – Rain-saturated ground gave way beneath a southbound train Monday afternoon, causing five cars of the 52-car train to derail.

No one was injured.

The Cascade and Columbia River Railroad train, pulled by two engines, dumped part of its load of calcium carbonate rock when “the ground just liquefied,” said Maurice Goodall, Okanogan County emergency manager.

The derailment was among a handful of weather-related mishaps over the weekend and into Monday as a rainstorm - which at times dropped huge, wet snowflakes - pelted the Okanogan.

The complete story is available on newsstands now in the March 16 edition of The Chronicle or online in our e-edition.


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