BNSF Cleaning Up Site of Train Derailment

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – BNSF crews worked Wednesday to clean up and repair the damage caused when a 110-car freight train rear-ended a parked maintenance train just south of Great Falls.

Company spokesman Gus Melonas said two employees were treated at a hospital for bumps and bruises sustained in the crash and have since been released.

Thirteen cars carrying cement and gravel derailed Tuesday night and some tipped on their sides. Melonas said the derailed cars were going to be scrapped, and two locomotives will be re-railed. A third will be removed on a flat rail car.

He said about 1,000 gallons of spilled diesel from one of the locomotives have been cleaned up, and the track reopened Wednesday evening.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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