Train car derails after barley cars, locomotive collide

2014-04-08T19:15:00Z 2014-04-09T11:31:06Z Train car derails after barley cars, locomotive collideGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A train car derailed after colliding with a westbound locomotive at around 9 p.m. Monday, shutting down the main line for several hours. 

The crash occurred a half mile east of North 27th Street and Montana Avenue, when four carloads of barley rolled away from a switch crew and collided with a westbound locomotive, said Lynda Frost, a spokesperson for Montana Rail Link. 

The lead barley car derailed after hitting the locomotive, owned by BNSF Railway, Frost said. 

The main line was closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, while mechanical engineers and operating officials from Montana Rail Link responded to the scene. 

There were no injuries and no hazardous materials involved. Montana Rail Link is still investigating the incident. 

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