030613 coal spill

Crews work to clean up spilled coal and repair tracks on Tuesday where three Montana Rail Link rail cars derailed. The derailment near Railroad Street West and Trade Street in Missoula spilled 80 tons of coal.

TOM BAUER/Missoulian

Montana Rail Link cleaned up three rail cars and 80 tons of coal that derailed around midnight in Missoula, MRL spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Tuesday.

The derailment, off West Broadway at the old Van Evans crossing, involved no injuries and no hazardous material, she said. The cause remains under investigation.

The cars were carrying coal and headed for Portland, Ore., Frost said. One car was upright, a third was tilted, and one was on its side and had spilled some of its contents.

Frost could not remember the last time a coal car derailed in the city of Missoula. The derailment did not affect traffic, she said.

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Higher education / University of Montana reporter for the Missoulian.