BNSF Train Derails Near Havre

By Beacon Staff

HAVRE – A 93-car freight train en route from Spokane to Minneapolis has derailed on Montana’s heaviest used rail line, injuring two crew members and leaving several cars and locomotives piled on their sides along the tracks.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the cause of the derailment Sunday afternoon at Havre is under investigation. He says one crew member suffered a shoulder injury and another was taken to a local hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.

The accident derailed the three locomotives and the first 23 cars of the train. Melonas says 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from one of the locomotives, but the spilling had stopped and there was no expected environmental threat.

He says beans and lumber also spilled from the train cars will be cleaned up over the next week.

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