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.

Reporter for the Missoulian

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LastBestPlace
LastBestPlace

Alpenjodler....

Mark K was simply stating that he would like the rail YARD moved not the railroad. I agree with him completely. Clean up the yard and moved it to the industrial part of the valley out by the airport. No sense it the yard being right in the middle of town anymore. It would open up a lot if space for economic development in the heart if the city.

Alpenjodler
Alpenjodler

Mark K: move the train yard and create economic opportunities abound for the city....
you're out of your mind... let the railroad go and see where your economic opportunities go....
do you have any idea where your economy would be if the rail road wasn't here? Comments like yours are dimwitted and ignorant. You don't like the rail road? Why did you move right across the street from it? The rail road came to Missoula in 1887....when did you get here?
go hug a tree!

MarkK
MarkK

FYI, On average in the 7 years I have lived across the street from the "YARD" their have been one or two derailments a year between the Scott street bridge, and Sun Mountain Sports Building on N 1ST W. Only one to my knowledge caused an evaluation yet not an actual evacuation because toxic chemicals were involved, It is only a matter of time before a serious situation arises. Move the yard. and create economic opportunities abound for the city. Mark Kersting

montanamuralist
montanamuralist

It is a little unusual to have a derailment right in the train yard in Missoula. I have been here over 30 years and can't remember one. Of course most of the derailments are corn cars up by Glacier. I know, the bears know how to derail corn cars!!!!! Then let the corn ferment until they can get drunk on the corn. Those bears are not endangered. They are alcoholics!!! I know what the danger from derailments is...corn cars!!! Bears without collars derailing corn cars!! Must be why the grizzly hangs around Packers Roost all the time! Or.....maybe it was just an accident and the best we can do is try to prevent another one from happening.

Stan Reck
Stan Reck

Very suspicious.....I wouldn't put it past the radical leftists to purposefully derail a coal car in their quest to stop coal shipments.

huntskifish
huntskifish

I'm sure it was the radical right that was responsible. Clearly they derailed the coal cars so they could blame it on the left.
Do you ever think about any issue in a non-partisan way?

Michael Copeland
Michael Copeland

Thank God the train derailment didn't involve a couple of tanker cars full of chlorine!!

How do we get to "zero" derailments in Missoula?

Michael Copeland
Missoula

sportscaster
sportscaster

The same way we get zero car accidents . . . don't allow anyone to go anywhere to do anything. Accidents happen, and all you can do is the best you can to prevent them.

hellgatenights
hellgatenights

right.......lucky there were no nukes on board either.

hellgatenights
hellgatenights

I can't remember seeing a clean-up crew that is so obese. Guys.......grab a shovel, start shoveling and lay off the twinkies.

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