Train derails in northern Montana, spills soybeans

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A freight train hauling soybeans derailed about 10 miles west of Malta, spilling some of the freight and closing the main rail line along northern Montana.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says 10 cars near the end of a 104-car train derailed at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday near Wagner. Some of the cars ended up on their sides and spilled soybeans.

Melonas says no one was hurt and the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

He said crews planned to move the damaged cars away from the track Wednesday afternoon, allowing track crews to replace any damaged track. The rail line could be opened late Wednesday or early Thursday.

The train originated in Crystal, N.D. and was destined for Seattle.