Train Derails Near North Dakota-Montana Border

By Beacon Staff

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – A Yellowstone Valley Railroad train has derailed in McKenzie County, spilling cars carrying liquid propane.

The sheriff’s office says residents within a mile of Saturday evening’s derailment were evacuated as a precaution. Authorities later determined the cars were not leaking.

The sheriff’s office didn’t have the exact number of derailed cars, but said two of five cars knocked off the tracks were back in place by midday Sunday. Work at the scene was expected to continue for much of the day.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.

North Dakota Highway 58 remained closed Sunday from Williston to the Sydney/Fairview area of Montana.

A message left Sunday at the railroad’s office was not immediately returned.