Coal Train derails east of Bozeman

Twenty-five cars of a Montana Rail Link coal train derailed in a canyon five miles east of Bozeman on Saturday, spilling coal along the tracks and into nearby Rocky Creek.

No one was injured in the wreck, which happened at 4:30 a.m. between the Trail Creek and Bear Canyon exits of Interstate 90, just west of Chestnut.

The 115-car train originated in Spring Creek, Wyo., and was headed west to Centralia, Wash., MRL spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Saturday. The accident forced MRL to close a heavily trafficked portion of the line for at least 24 hours, possibly longer.

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