Train derails near Fish Creek; aircraft fuselages in Clark Fork

2014-07-05T06:45:00Z 2014-07-08T16:06:42Z Train derails near Fish Creek; aircraft fuselages in Clark ForkBy DILLON KATO of the Missoulian

A Montana Rail Link freight train has derailed near Fish Creek, sending three aircraft fuselages down a steep embankment into the Clark Fork River.

MRL spokeswoman Lynda Frost said 19 cars from a westbound train derailed about 4 p.m. Thursday 10 miles west of Alberton near Fish Creek Road and Interstate 90. No injuries were reported.

Thirteen cars were carrying aircraft components, soybeans and denatured alcohol, while half a dozen were empty. Frost said no alcohol leaked and no soybeans spilled, but three cars with aircraft fuselages went into the river.

Trains are being rerouted while crews clean up the closed section of track, Frost said. The line is expected to reopen by Saturday evening.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks plans to close the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork so debris from the derailment can be removed safely, but the river will be open Saturday, said fisheries manager Pat Saffel.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

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  1. Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria
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    Faxnlogicovremotnlhystria - July 10, 2014 8:56 am
    It's coal dust no doubt......
    Pass the bong, brahhhh
  2. LastBestPlace
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    LastBestPlace - July 07, 2014 9:24 pm
    The derailment was likely caused by coal dust in the tracks. Neither BNSF nor the mining companies want to pay the increase maintenance costs that come with shipping coal and there is a dispute over who should pay.
  3. leftwingistherightwing
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    leftwingistherightwing - July 05, 2014 4:22 pm
    Lol. Obama? This is MRL's fault. The ignorance if the right wing must truly be bliss.
  4. Leadfoot
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    Leadfoot - July 05, 2014 3:01 pm
    And thanks to Obama & Bullock, this could be fuel from the Keystone area. Walsh will never get the chance to block the Pipeline. Of course, this makes too much sense to environmentalists. They always conveniently ignore or forget facts when they are spewing their diatribe about the dangers of the pipeline that has been stamped as extremely safe in five different open, unbiased ENVIRONMENTAL studies. It has been "studied" for over 5 years. Now, we wait for the first derailment to ruin our fly fishing streams for our lifetime. My hope is that there is enough love of fly fishing in every tree hugger that partakes to make he/her see the light & admit the error of their brainwashed biased thinking.
  5. Tracker
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    Tracker - July 05, 2014 1:17 pm
    See that big mint-green object in the river? That appears to be a fuselage. No conspiracy, evidently.
  6. NoturAverageBear
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    NoturAverageBear - July 05, 2014 10:33 am
    At least there was no chlorine gas spilled this time!
  7. be the change
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    be the change - July 05, 2014 9:29 am
    Here's a picture of the fuselages in the river:
  8. 20rick14
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    20rick14 - July 05, 2014 7:45 am
    They don't want Boeing to know about it. A little green duct tape and in a few months you will be flying on one of these

  9. Roger
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    Roger - July 05, 2014 6:41 am
    Don't they maintain the tracks in the area? Aren't derailments fairly common in the area?
  10. Smilely
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    Smilely - July 04, 2014 6:06 pm
    Train derails near Fish Creek; AIRCRAFT FUSELAGES IN Clark Fork River. No photographs of fuselages in the water? What's up with that?
  11. MiddleFinger
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    MiddleFinger - July 04, 2014 4:43 pm

    Pictures! Where are the pictures?

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