- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) - Nine cars near the end of a 116-car freight train derailed in northeastern Montana, delaying freight traffic and disrupting Amtrak service between Seattle and St. Paul, Minnesota.

BNSF Railway spokesman Matt Jones says the cars went off the tracks near Culbertson, in Roosevelt County, at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Some cars contained mixed cargo and others were empty hazmat cars. Jones says they remained upright and no injuries occurred, but about a mile of track was damaged.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said passengers on the Empire Builder were being bused between Wolf Point and Minot, North Dakota, on Wednesday. However Empire Builder traffic between Whitefish and St. Paul, Minnesota, would be suspended on Thursday.

Jones says the tracks were expected to re-open on Thursday afternoon.

The cause of the derailment was under investigation.



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