Wheat Train Derails in Northwestern Montana

By Beacon Staff

A railroad spokesman says a train hauling 105 cars loaded with wheat has derailed in northwestern Montana.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says 18 cars derailed Tuesday afternoon at Rock Creek some 52 miles west of Whitefish, spilling an undetermined amount of grain across the rocky, hilly terrain.

He says nobody was injured. A cause of the derailment has not been determined.

Melonas says the line will be out of commission for at least 24 hours while cleanup crews access the wreck from a nearby logging road.

That line is the busiest in Montana, handling up to 40 trains per day. Some of that traffic will be re-routed on a southern line.

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

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