A mixed-freight train derailed in eastern Montana Tuesday evening, pausing Amtrak’s Empire Builder rail service and stranding travelers, reports the Williston Herald.
BNSF Railway crews are on the scene working to clean up the stretch of track where the incident occurred. Nine cars of the train derailed at around 5:30 p.m. west of Blair, Montana, approximately 50 miles west of Williston, North Dakota. According to BNSF spokesman Matt Jones, the cars were traveling from Castle, Washington, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nine of the rail cars derailed but remained upright and were not compromised.
Jones told the Herald that the railroad will try to have the line operating again by Thursday. He added that no injuries or spills were reported. Amtrak, though, did close its passenger routes from Wolf Point, Montana, and has been using charter buses to transport would-be passengers between there and Minot. The cause of the derailment is currently being investigated.