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Man killed as mudslide sweeps through Washington tavern

September 18, 1997

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) _ A mudslide crashed through a busy tavern Wednesday afternoon, killing one man as he drank at the bar and sending about 30 patrons fleeing.

The man killed was pinned against a support pillar and buried by the muck at Brickie’s Place, witnesses said. Police did not release his identity.

Witnesses said they felt what they thought was an earthquake, then saw a wall of mud break through the rear of the barroom. Bartender Jim Seward vaulted the bar to escape.

``At 300 pounds I don’t go over bars very easy, but I did it today,″ Seward said.

Firefighters worked nearly an hour to free one man, a cook, who was trapped up to his waist in mud. He was among four people taken to a local hospital and listed in satisfactory condition.

Port Angeles is on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, about 70 miles northwest of Seattle.

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