Stored cars roll away in Montana

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HELENA, Mont. — Approximately 40 empty well cars stored on an old Great Northern Railway branchline in Montana rolled downhill this week blocking access to a neighborhood north of Helena.

The Helena Independent Record reports that the cars rolled away on Thursday and BNSF Railway has had trouble getting a locomotive to the site to move them back to their storage spot. The cars are stored on the unused Helena Subdivision that connects Helena and Great Falls. The newspaper cites a BNSF representative saying that the railroad is bringing in heavy equipment to move the cars and that they apologize for the inconvenience.

About 50 residences have been impacted by the struck rail cars. Although there is access to the home subdivision via a private crossing, it can only be used by emergency vehicles. For now, residents have been climbing over the cars or walking around them to get rides from friends and family on the other side.

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