Victim Found Near Montana Site of Train Collision with Car

The victim's condition was not immediately known

By Associated Press

MISSOULA — Rescue crews located the occupant of a vehicle that was hit by a train and caught fire in Montana, authorities said.

The victim’s condition was not immediately known following the accident around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in Frenchtown, KECI-TV reports.

The initial investigation determined the vehicle was not occupied at the time of the collision on the train tracks, officials said.

The vehicle was engulfed in flames and they could not immediately search the car for a victim due to the intensity of the fire, fire officials said.

Authorities believe the car drove onto the tracks and headed west before becoming stuck.

The train continued for half a mile (0.8 kilometers) after the crash before it could stop, authorities said.

The train was carrying hazardous material, but it was not considered a safety concern, officials said. The material was not immediately identified.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and Frenchtown Rural Fire Department responded to the scene.

Work crews planned to be at the scene for hours Monday removing the car from the tracks, authorities said.

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