Track cleared around train derailment west of Whitefish

Track cleared around train derailment west of Whitefish


BNSF Railway crews have cleared a siding so trains can pass by the site of a grain train derailment in northwestern Montana.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the siding was cleared at 7 a.m. Wednesday, but it could be a day or two before the main track is cleared and repaired after Tuesday afternoon's derailment near Rock Creek, about 50 miles west of Whitefish.

Seventeen cars of a 105-car freight train derailed Tuesday afternoon, with some cars spilling wheat.

Melonas says it could be two to three weeks before the grain is cleaned up and the dozen damaged cars are cut up and removed from the site.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation. No one was hurt.

The train was headed from Moore, Mont., to Kalama, Wash.


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