On the morning of Oct. 16, four cars derailed during a switching operation in our Helena yard. Two of those cars contained liquefied propane gas. From the moment we called Lewis and Clark County dispatch at 4:25 a.m. to report the incident, to the early evening when the scene was cleared, we worked closely and cooperatively with members of the Helena Fire Department, Helena Police Department and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
While the initial derailment presented no danger to the public, the decision was made that while we re-railed the affected cars, Helena PD would issue a voluntary evacuation order and close Roberts Street. That decision was made by the Helena Police Department out of an abundance of caution.
We thank the community for their patience and understanding during the incident and we are thankful to our partners in the first responder community for their steadfast dedication to public safety. Safety is the most important thing we do at Montana Rail Link, and our vision is to operate without accident or injury. We will continue to work every day to achieve that vision.
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MRL chief communications officer