A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train derailed about 30 miles west of Spokane, blocking the main rail route between Seattle and Spokane. A spokesman for BNSF says it’s blocking Amtrak trains and some freight trains.
Sixteen empty cars derailed just after midnight last night. There were no injuries, the cars remained upright, and nothing hazardous spilled. Workers are currently trying to re-rail the cars. They expect to reopen the track by about 3 p.m. today.
About 1,000 feet of track were damaged in the derailment.