Coal train derailment closes MRL main line

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MRLderailment
Crews work to clean up the derailment Wednesday afternoon.
Chris Hughes
BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana Rail Link’s former Northern Pacific main line across Montana is closed today following a derailment near Columbus, about 40 miles west of Billings.

A westbound coal train derailed on single track at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. MRL spokesman Jim Lewis tells Trains News Wire that about 40 cars went off the rails. No one was injured in the incident.

Lewis says MRL’s main line through the area will be closed until at least Thursday morning. While MRL reopens its main line, the railroad is staging trains east and west of the derailment while detouring others via BNSF Railway’s former Great Northern route.
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