'Three people killed' in large Washington mudslide

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

According to the Associated Press, the slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, which prompted an evacuation notice because water was rising rapidly behind the debris.

Officials survey a large mudslide in this handout photo provided by the Washington State Police near Oso, Washington Credit: Reuters

The mudslide 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.

The mudslide pushed debris and at least one house onto Highway 530 near Oso Credit: Reuters
Officials and cars line the highway at the site of a large mudslide Credit: Reuters

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Washington mudslide death toll rises to 24

The number of people killed after a devastating mudslide in Washington State has risen to 24, authorities confirmed. The tally of the missing was revised down even further to 22 from 30.