Crude oil train derailment in Montana prompts evacuations

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2 rail cars leaking crude after oil train derails in Montana.

CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) — More than 20 cars on an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana and at least two of them were leaking crude, authorities said. CULBERTSON, Mont. – A train carrying oil derailed in northeast Montana Thursday, hours after the tracks reopened from another train derailment that occurred on Tuesday in the same county.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Michael Trevino said the train was pulling 106 loaded crude oil cars when it derailed near Culbertson near the North Dakota border just after 6 p.m. There were no immediate reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright, Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said. The Billing Gazette reported that the derailment came only about six hours after traffic started moving again after another BNSF derailment further west near Fort Kipp on Tuesday. Amtrak, though, did close its passenger routes from Wolf Point, Montana, and has been using charter buses to transport would-be passengers between there and Minot.

Police, fire and other emergency responders were at the site of the derailment, which forced the closure of federal Highway 2, the region’s main artery. Firefighters who responded to the derailment with the Culbertson Fire Department had completed hazardous materials training about a month ago due to the increase in oil shipments and other rail traffic in the area, said volunteer firefighter Travis Northington. Frederick told The Associated Press that crews were not getting too close to the leaking cars until a BNSF hazardous materials team arrives from Texas. Nine rail cars derailed Tuesday afternoon near Blair, Mont., about 20 miles to the west of the Thursday derailment, said the sheriff.Both derailments were within about 50 miles of Williston, N.D.

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