Section of Del Mar cliff collapses near train tracks

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DEL MAR, Calif. — A section of a Del Mar cliff collapsed Friday after a strong storm passed through San Diego County.

The bluff erosion happened near 15th Street, just feet away from the coastal railroad tracks.

North County Transit District officials will close the tracks between Solana Beach and Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday while crews repair the washout area. A bus service will be in place during the closure. Regular train service will resume Sunday.

Residents and businesses were told to expect “significant noise” due to the nature of the repairs, which will require excavating, setting new steel plates in place, among other repairs.

“We walk here a lot and we always worry about that,” said local surfer Luiz Moreira.

Moreira told FOX 5 he is always wary of potential cliff erosion after heavy rainfall.

“People walk a lot. They do some running, some exercise here because of the view from the top,” said Moreira. “I always tell [people], don’t let your kids stay there because they don’t know.”

In August, three people died after a section of bluff collapsed near Batiquitos Lagoon in Encinitas.

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