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Train cars containing liquid propane derail in Helena

Posted at 12:01 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 14:01:45-04

Four rail cars -- two containing liquid propane -- have derailed by the Montana Rail Link Trainmaster and North Roberts Street train crossing.

Montana Rail Link (MRL) reports that there is no threat to the public at this time.

The four cars were derailed at approximately 4:25 a.m. on Wednesday by a MRL crew switching cars in the Helena yard.

“The incident is still under investigation,” said MRL Chief Communications Officer Ross Lane. “There were no injuries as a result of the derailment.”

The propane tanks are fully intact with none of the material was released from the rail cars.

There are MRL hazardous material responders on scene currently monitoring the situation and working closely with Helena police and fire departments.

The North Roberts train crossing will be closed while crews work to remove the damaged cars. People are asked to avoid Roberts Street between Bozeman and Phoenix avenues.

MRL say operations at the rail yard are continuing as normal.