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Freight trains collide near Missoula

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Two passing Montana Rail Link freight trains collided east of Missoula causing three locomotives from one train and about 10 empty rail cars from the other to derail.

MRL spokesman Jim Lewis says two of the four crew members on the westbound train were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

Lewis says the crash occurred just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday when a westbound grain train hit the end of an empty eastbound train as the westbound train was merging onto the main line from a siding.

The collision knocked out power to hundreds of customers in the east Missoula area as temperatures dipped into the single digits. Power was restored within about two hours.

Lewis says all of the derailed cars remained upright. Crews worked Friday to re-rail the cars.

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