Mudslide washes over major western Canada highway

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 4:31 PM
Mudslide washes over major western Canada highway

A massive mudslide has buried a section of the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia, and police are trying to determine if anyone is trapped.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Peter Thiessen said Wednesday that authorities don't yet know if any cars or homes were involved.

The mudslide occurred between Hope and Chilliwack, more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) east of Vancouver.

About 20 cars of a CN Rail train carrying consumer goods were caught in the mud. CN spokeswoman Kelli Svendsen says there were no injuries, and the train didn't derail.

Police say the highway will be closed for an indefinite period.