WSMH FOX 66 on Facebook WSMH FOX 66 Twitter WSMH FOX 66 RSS Feed WSMH FOX 66 Mailing List
 

FOX 66 News at Ten

WSMH FOX 66 :: News - News at Ten - Three dead, eight hurt in massive mudslide in Washington
Three dead, eight hurt in massive mudslide in Washington

OSO, Wash. - A massive landslide of mud, trees and rocks in rural
Washington killed three people on Saturday, critically injured an infant
and several others, and destroyed six houses, authorities said.


The slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, which
prompted an evacuation notice because water was rising rapidly behind
the debris. Authorities worried about severe downstream flooding if
water suddenly broke through the blockage.


The landslide also completely covered State Route 530 near the town
of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. It was at least 135 feet wide
and 180 feet deep and hit just before 11 a.m., Snohomish County
authorities said.


Initially, the Snohomish County sheriff's office reported that two
people had been killed in the landslide. Authorities said later that one
of the people who was rescued died at a hospital. The injured included a 6-month-old boy, who was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.


Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said two other victims were in
critical condition - an 81-year-old man and a 58-year-old man - while a
37-year-old man was in serious condition. Gregg said Harborview had one
other male patient from the landslide, but no information on his
condition was available.


Five of the injured were brought to Cascade Valley Hospital in
Arlington, but one has already been treated and released, said hospital
spokeswoman Jennifer Egger.


The facility was expecting more injured people, but Egger said she
didn't know how many and couldn't comment on the condition of those
already at the hospital because they were still being evaluated.


"We're on standby waiting to see what happens next," Egger said.


The American Red Cross has set up at the hospital, Egger said. An
evacuation shelter has been set up at Post Middle School in Arlington.


One eyewitness told the Daily Herald that he was driving on the roadway and had to quickly brake to avoid the mudslide.


"I just saw the darkness coming across the road. Everything was gone in three seconds," Paulo Falcao told the newspaper.


Search-and-rescue help came from around the region, plus the Washington State Patrol, and the Army Corps of Engineers.


Authorities believe the slide was caused by ground water saturation from recent heavy rainfall. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Snohomish County through Sunday afternoon.


People who live in the North Fork's flood plain, from the small
communities of Oso to Stanwood, were urged to flee to higher ground.


Spokesman Bart Treece of the Washington State Department of
Transportation said he didn't know how long the two-lane rural road will
be closed. Drivers were advised to find another way to get between
Darrington and Arlington, he said.


"We're standing by ready to help out where we can," Treece said.


Source: KOMO and AP

Three dead, eight hurt in massive mudslide in Washington

Monday, March 24 2014, 02:35 PM EDT

National News Headlines

Armed man reportedly at Boeing Everett plant
Police in Everett, Wash. are responding to an unconfirmed report of a gunman at the Boeing plant, The Associated Press reports.

Court: Connecticut city's rough reputation didn't justify police search that led to dog death
A Connecticut city's reputation as one of America's most dangerous communities did not give police officers the right to invade a yard where they killed a family dog after getting an erroneous tip that guns were hidden in an abandoned car behind the home, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

Grand Canyon receives reports of animal resembling gray wolf roaming northern reaches of park
Officials at the Grand Canyon are trying to determine whether an animal spotted roaming the far northern reaches of the park is a gray wolf.

Eric Frein, suspect in Pennsylvania trooper ambush, arrested without incident
Eric Frein, the suspect in the deadly ambush of a Pennsylvania state trooper, has been taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, the Pennsylvania State Police announced Thursday night.

Police: Man wanted in Pennsylvania barracks ambush that killed 1 trooper, injured 1 is held
Pennsylvania State Police, ending a seven-week manhunt, have captured a man accused of ambushing two troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other.

Suspect arrested in taunting of California officer by bikers doing stunts on highway
Authorities have arrested the motorcycle rider suspected of filming and waving off a California Highway Patrol officer who was trying to stop him and other riders doing stunts on a highway.

NC man pleads guilty in federal court to trying to aid international terrorist organization
Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man who tried to join the fighting in Syria is pleading guilty to terrorism charges.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says judge erred on jury issues, needs a new trial
Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell say he should get a new trial on corruption charges because the jury in his case was potentially biased and may have acted improperly.

Jurors to start deliberating in Florida A&M University drum major's hazing death trial
Jurors could start deliberating Friday in the case of a former Florida A&M University band member charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of a drum major who was beaten nearly three years ago on a band bus as part of a hazing ritual.

Judges orders couple to stand trial in son's starvation death; decomposing body found in home
A couple charged in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son were ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges of criminal homicide after a hearing in which a police detective described discovering the child's decomposing body.

News at Ten Stories

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix