Train Hauling Corn Derails in NW Montana

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The BNSF Railway line 45 miles east of Libby is blocked by a derailment.

BNSF says 10 cars in a train hauling corn from Minnesota to the West Coast derailed at about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Company spokesman Gus Melonas says the track is likely to reopen early Tuesday.

The disruption means passengers on the Amtrak train that crosses northern Montana on trips between Chicago and Seattle will be on a bus for about 250 miles. Passengers will be bused between Libby and Shelby, then resume traveling by train.

Freight trains will be detoured until the track reopens.

Melonas says no one was injured in the derailment, and its cause is unknown. The train consisted of three locomotives and 110 cars transporting corn.

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