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Train derails, some cars in river near Superior

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Sep 04 2013 12:03:54 PM MDT
Updated On: Sep 04 2013 06:59:57 PM MDT
SUPERIOR, Mont. -

Four train cars are in the river after a Montana Rail Link (MRL) train derailed early Wednesday morning.

MRL spokesperson Lynda Frost said the 23 cars derailed around 4:30 a.m. and four cars ended up in the Clark Fork River about six miles southeast of Superior. Frost said all four cars were empty -- two of them were tanks and the other two had previously been carrying sugar.

Alan and Jane Brockway live across the river from the derailment. They spent Wednesday afternoon out on their property with neighbors watching for crews to clean up the mess.

"When they start fishing the cars out of the with the heavy equipment that will be quite a process," said Alan.

Frost said heavy machinery was brought in from Great Falls to help move the cars out of the river. In the meantime the main MRL line is closed and traffic will be rerouted through Dixon and then to Arlee. Frost said they hope to reopen the line Thursday.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.