Eleven railroad cars derailed early this morning outside Columbus, closing the main line that Montana Rail Link uses.
The incident happened around 4 a.m. about eight miles west of Columbus.
Ten of the cars were empty. The eleventh was loaded with particle board, according to Lynda Frost, an MRL spokeswoman. No one was hurt and no hazardous materials were spilled, she said.
The cause is under investigation. Crews were on the scene this morning to investigate and remove the wreckage.
There were 97 cars and three locomotives on the eastbound train. From initial reports “a number” of the cars were probably so damaged they will have to be scrapped, Frost said.
In the meantime, the rail line is closed where the wreck occurred, meaning that MRL is having to stack trains up elsewhere until the derailment can be cleared.
“We're hopeful to have it reopened later this afternoon,” Frost said.