Sep 28, 2004
- Train Derailment Spills 5,000 Tons of Wheat
- Forty-two cars of a 109-car grain train derailed Monday about six miles south of here, spilling tons of wheat along the tracks but injuring no
one. Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas said the derailment just north of the Marias River may have spilled as much as
5,000 tons of grain. He said each car was loaded with 120 tons of wheat. He said railroad investigators have not determined cause. Cleanup
crews totaling about 60 workers, from Billings, Havre and Gillette, Wyo., were using special equipment and vacuum machines to clean up
the grain, while huge tractors with side booms moved the cars off the tracks for salvage.