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A dozen train cars loaded with grain derailed Thursday near Cut Bank and came perilously close to careening down a steep embankment.
Ross Lane, a spokesman for BNSF Railway, said the 12 cars derailed at 1:23 p.m.
Photos of the derailment show one car off the tracks just where they cross a bridge over Cut Bank Creek.
There were no injuries, and no hazardous materials were on board, Lane said.
Train cars that derailed were carrying grain. (Photo: Eloise Nollkamper)
The cause of the derailment is under investigation, Lane said.
The track remains closed at this time.
"Looks like a car jumped the tracks on the east side of the Cut Bank railroad bridge and the others piled behind," James Childress said on Facebook.
A train derailed near Cut Bank Thursday. (Photo: James Childress)
Childress works at the Super 8, which is not far from where the derailment occurred on the west end of town.
He told the Tribune the trains only travel 25 mph through Cut Bank.
"One of the cars did go over the edge of the river valley just before the train bridge," Childress said.
The train stopped short of a steep embankment. (Photo: Eloise Nollkamper)
In 2004, a Chicago-bound freight train derailed at the same rairoad trestle tossing 40 containers alongside the tracks and blocking mainline traffic across the Hi-Line.
The double-stacked Hyundai containers toppled off the flatbed railroad cars as they left the tracks.
BNSF's Lane said it was unclear when the tracks would be reopened following Thursday's derailment.
Grain spills from cars that derailed near Cut Bank Thursday. (Photo: Eloise Nollkamper)
This article first appeared on www.greatfallstribune.com
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