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3 rail cars derail in Missoula, spilling coal

2013-03-05T15:46:00Z 2013-03-05T16:00:10Z 3 rail cars derail in Missoula, spilling coalBy Keila Szpaller Missoulian Helena Independent Record
March 05, 2013 3:46 pm  • 

MISSOULA — Montana Rail Link is cleaning up three rail cars and 80 tons of coal that derailed around midnight in Missoula, MRL spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Tuesday afternoon.

The derailment, near Van Buren Avenue, involved no injuries and no hazardous material, she said. The cause is under investigation.

The cars were carrying coal and headed for Portland, Ore., Frost said. One car was upright, a third was tilted, and one was on its side and had spilled some of its contents.

“They are in the process of picking it up right now and everything should be cleaned up and removed by 3 or 4 o’clock this afternoon,” Frost said shortly after 1:30 p.m.

She cannot think of the last time a coal car derailed in the city of Missoula. The derailment did not affect traffic, she said.

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