Tree on tracks sends Monday Sounder train commuters back to Seattle; Tuesday service canceled

sound transitEdmonds Sounder rail passengers got a bit of a surprise during their homeward commute Monday evening.

Commuters aboard the 5:05 p.m. departing train from Seattle were notified of a change in plans approximately 20 minutes into their trek. A large tree had fallen on the tracks due to high winds. Service was paused as a technician investigated the scene with a chainsaw. The tree was too large to remove at that time and the train was routed back to Seattle. Rail representatives arranged for passengers on Monday’s returned train to be bused to their destinations. All Sounder trains between Seattle’s King Street Station and the Everett Station were suspended for the rest of Monday and on Tuesday, Dec. 8

Sound Transit expects regular service to resume on Thursday, Dec. 10. Alternate bus service and route updates are available via the Sound Transit website.

— By Emily Scott

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