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BNSF Train Derailment Still Under Investigation

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Officials from BNSF Railway say today they are still cleaning up a mess from the 29 cars that derailed Monday evening in Eastern Montana.

The train was carrying coal from Wyoming to St. Paul Minnesota to be transferred to a different carrier, and the derailment happened just outside of Terry, Montana. The railway was shutdown until last night, the cause of the train derailment is still unknown at this time, but crews are still working on cleaning the mess from the cars that dumped coal.

"Damaged equipment will be removed, the spilled material will also be removed and we will look to find beneficial use for the coal and if that is not possible it will be taken to a landfill that is authorized to accept it." said BNSF Regional Director Matt Jones.

While on the topic of trains, rail tank cars that are used to ship crude oil from the Bakken region in North Dakota are being called an "unacceptable risk to the public".

The National Transportation Safety Board States that the cars known as DOT-111s were involved in oil trains derailment that happened across the U.S. border in North Dakota and Quebec in July that killed 47 people.

The NTSB has pressed for a replacement of the tank cars, but federal regulations have dragged on the discussion for two years.

The head of the federal hazard materials administration says they expect to propose new rules this year.

We have a reporter following up on the derailments and will have more for you later.

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