5 protesters blocking oil train arrested

SEATTLE — Five people have been arrested after demonstrated blocked railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett.

Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says two women and three men were taken to the Snohomish County Jail after refusing to leave a protest of train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

Melonas expects they will be charged with trespassing.

The protest, which involved about a dozen demonstrators, blocked some railroad tracks from 6 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Melonas says three trains were delayed and others were diverted around the blocked tracks. No railroad property was damaged.
The group Rising Tide Seattle erected a tripod of poles over the tracks with a woman perched on top. Melonas says railroad police used a motorized lift, also known as a cherry picker, to bring her down.