Idaho derailment closes BNSF main line

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COCOLALLA, Idaho — BNSF Railway’s double-track main line to the Pacific Northwest is closed after a westbound grain train derailed early Monday morning.

BNSF spokesperson Gus Melonas tells Trains News Wire that the derailment occurred at around 6 a.m., 13 miles west of Sandpoint, Idaho, near Cocolalla on the railroad’s Spokane Subdivision. No one was injured in the incident and the cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

At least 25 cars on the westbound grain train derailed, blocking both mainline tracks. Work crews plan to move the derailed cars off to the side before repairing the track. Melonas says railroad officials expect to reopen the route on Tuesday. More than 60 trains a day use the Spokane Subdivision, including Amtrak’s Empire Builder.

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