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Montana Rail Link continuing cleanup after train derails east of Bozeman

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 20:27:08-05


In a Wednesday press release, Montana Rail Link said its crews are continuing cleanup work on the derailment involving 39 coal cars that occurred at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday.

MRL estimates the work will continue through Wednesday and does not currently have a time for reopening the track.

The public is asked to avoid the derailment site near the Trail Creek Road exit on I-90, and local residents can expect minor traffic delays, according to MRL.

MRL also said “environmental contractors are onsite monitoring Rocky Creek water quality and have taken precautionary measures to reduce stream impacts.”

We will continue to update this story with any further information we receive.

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Cleanup crews were on the scene of a train derailment Tuesday afternoon, near the Trail Creek Road exit off I-90 between Bozeman and Livingston.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Montana Rail Link (MRL) says an estimated 40 coal-filled cars were involved. Spilled coal was visible at the scene.

MRL says the train was not carrying any hazardous material, and there were no injuries. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

MRL does not currently have an estimated time for reopening the track.

We will have more information as it becomes available.