Train derails in western Montana; 3 cars in river

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 5 at 12:00 AM

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A freight train derailed in western Montana, sending three cars carrying aircraft components down a steep embankment and into the Clark Fork River.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Thirteen of the cars that derailed were carrying freight, mostly aircraft parts with some soybeans and denatured alcohol. Six were empty. Frost says the alcohol didn't leak and no soybeans spilled. She said crews were working to remove the aircraft parts from the water.

Frost says the components were headed to Renton, Washington.

Trains were being rerouted while repairs are made. Frost says the line is expected to reopen by Saturday evening.

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