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Train derails in Northern Idaho into Kootenai River

Posted at 8:10 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 22:10:59-05

The Boundary County Idaho Sheriff's Office is investigating a train derailment after the engine went into the Kootenai River with employees trapped inside.

The derailment happened at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday just east of Bonners Ferry, Idaho according to Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Three engines derailed, including one that went in the water, one that stayed on the riverbank and an engine that stayed near the rail, according to BNSF.

Six empty cars near the back of the train also derailed.

The lead engine is currently leaking diesel fuel into the Kootenai River and containment booms have been spread across the river in multiple places.

The cause of the derailment currently still under investigation.