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Derailment wreckage to be pulled from the Clark Fork Sunday

By Andrea Olson, KECI Reporter, aolson@keci.com
Published On: Jul 05 2014 07:06:29 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 05 2014 09:26:32 PM MDT
Derailment wreckage to be pulled from the Clark Fork Sunday

George Gupton

MISSOULA, Mont. -

Cleanup crews are still on scene at the Clark Fork River on Saturday off of Fish Creek Road after a train derailment Thursday dumped a large load of airplane parts into the Clark Fork River.

This happened between the Saint John's and Tarkio fishing access sites, roughly 45-miles west of Missoula.

That section of the river was opened Saturday for floaters.

NBC Montana was told 19-cars derailed, 6 were empty and 13 had cargo.

NBC Montana reached out to Boeing in Renton, Washington and they say the parts were for Boeing 737's, 747's, and 777's.

They're still determining the cost of the damage.

“Crews, have been working around the clock, and in fact, as we speak, I would expect that the first train has gone through, therefore, meaning, all of the equipment has been removed, the track has been repaired, and traffic resumed," said Montana Rail Link Spokeswoman Lynda Frost.

Montana Rail Link Officials tell NBC Montana they are scheduled to remove the airplane fuselages from the river on Sunday.

During the work, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say they've developed a plan to safely allow the river access on that stretch of the river for the duration of cleanup efforts.