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After roughly 30 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway cars carrying grain derailed Saturday morning near Oswego, a BNSF official estimated cold and snowy work conditions could cause car removal and potential track repairs to take at least 24 hours.

The Hi-Line community of Oswego is located about 12 miles west of Wolf Point, and about 40 miles east of Glasgow. 

A westbound loaded train transporting grain is believed to have derailed near Oswego at about 5:30 a.m., according to Ross Lane, BNSF director of public affairs for Montana and Wyoming. 

"Approximately thirty cars derailed," Lane wrote in an email response to questions about the derailment. "The train was not carrying hazardous materials and there were no injuries. There is no public safety concern and the cause of derailment is under investigation." 

As of 4:15 p.m. there remained no estimated time of reopening the track and crews remained onsite removing damaged cars and making any track repairs that might be needed, according to Lane. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.