2 freight trains derail in Glacier park area
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The main rail route across northern Montana is closed
Friday after two freight trains derailed. No one was injured and no freight spilled.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says two trains derailed Friday morning, one at
Belton between Coram and Essex and the other about 10 miles west of Cut Bank. He
expected the line would be reopened early Saturday. In the meantime, some freight
traffic was being re-routed via Montana Rail Link's southern route through the
Melonas says a train hauling general merchandise pulled off onto a siding at
Belton at about 2:45 a.m. when the four locomotives and a car hauling three
containers derailed. Crews were repairing the track Friday.
At 6:15 a.m., the lead locomotive on another train derailed as the train pulled
onto a side track west of Cut Bank.