Crews clear derailed train near Bonners Ferry


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The stretch of remote, north Idaho railroad
track where a BNSF Railway train derailed and spilled an estimated
20 tons of Montana wheat has been fixed and re-opened.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says regular train traffic resumed
Tuesday morning along a section that parallels the Kootenai River
18 miles east of Bonners Ferry.
Melonas says the cause of Sunday's mishap is still under
investigation. A train and 24 rail cars destined for Washington
veered off the tracks, spilling grain and prompting cleanup crews
to immediately mobilize to the site.
Nobody was injured, but Melonas says 22 of the rail cars were
destroyed and will be torn up and hauled away as scrap over the
next several weeks.
The company has also brought in trucks designed to vacuum the
spilled grain.

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