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Video: Bluff collapse halts train travel through Del Mar

Posted at 3:11 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-16 09:57:22-05

DEL MAR (KGTV) — A bluff collapse Friday near Seagrove Park temporarily halted train service in North San Diego County.

A 55-foot-wide slab of cliff near 14th Street in Del Mar collapsed onto the beach below at about 12:15 p.m., according to city lifeguard Mike Emerson. No injuries were reported.

A cliff surveyor who was in the area at the time of the collapse captured the moment on video, showing rock and dirt tumble down.

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North County Transit District officials suspended Coaster service between Sorrento Valley and Solana Beach due to the collapse as inspectors surveyed the safety of the area.

Train service resumed in the area shortly after 2 p.m.

Residents in the North County community are no stranger to bluff collapses in recent years. Most recently, a bluff collapse in Del Mar halted train service between Solana Beach and Sorrento Valley.

This week, SANDAG officials updated the Del Mar City Council on efforts to stabilize the bluffs and move the tracks. Five possible "re-alignments" where a tunnel for trains could be built were discovered. The estimated cost of moving the tracks is roughly $3 billion and funding hasn't been secured.

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