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Published February 13, 2013, 04:29 PM

Train derails in northern Mont., spills soybeans

A freight train hauling soybeans derailed about 10 miles west of Malta, Mont., spilling some of the freight and closing the main rail line along northern Montana.

HELENA, Mont. — A freight train hauling soybeans derailed about 10 miles west of Malta, Mont., spilling some of the freight and closing the main rail line along northern Montana.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says 10 cars near the end of a 104-car train derailed at 9:35 a.m. Feb. 13 near Wagner. Some of the cars ended up on their sides and spilled soybeans.

Melonas says no one was hurt and the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

He says crews planned to move the damaged cars away from the track by the afternoon of Feb. 13, allowing track crews to replace any damaged track. The rail line could be opened late Feb. 13 or late Feb. 14.

The train originated in Crystal, N.D., and was destined for Seattle.

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