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25 cars from Rail Link train derail near Bozeman

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Associated Press - March 15, 2008 5:35 PM ET

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Twenty-five cars of a train bound for Centralia, Wash., derailed in a canyon about five miles east of Bozeman Saturday morning.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says 24 of the 25 cars spilled coal. Some coal spilled into Trail Creek and railway officials have notified the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The derailed cars were part of a 115-car train that originated in Spring Creek, Wyo.

Frost says the derailed cars, made of aluminum, were destroyed. Front-end loaders were being used to remove the coal.

Frost says no injuries were reported in the 4:30 a.m. derailment and the cause is being investigated. The main line is expected to reopen at 7 a.m. Sunday.

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