Train derailment cleanup begins

2004-12-31T18:00:00Z Train derailment cleanup beginsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 31, 2004 6:00 pm  • 

CASSELTON - Burlington Northern Santa Fe crews on Friday worked to clean up the mess and repair the tracks after a coal train derailment near here the day before.

Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas said officials hoped to have the line reopened by 7:30 p.m. In the meantime, trains were being rerouted, he said.

"About 60 trains daily use this line," Melonas said. "Approximately one-third is coal traffic."

The cause of the wreck was still being investigated. No one was injured when 32 of the train's 123 loaded cars jumped the tracks around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The train was hauling coal from Montana's Powder River Basin to Superior, Wis. The railroad did not have an estimate Friday on the amount of coal that spilled.

Melonas said two of the derailed cars were put back on the tracks Friday.

"The remaining 30 were shoved off to the side and will undergo mechanical assessment," he said. "Most of them will be scrapped."

The railroad said it could take up to a month to remove all of the debris from the area.

Casselton is in Cass County, west of Fargo.

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