Repost from The Grand Forks Herald
[Editor: Updated report by the Associated Press / ABC: “35,000 Gallons of Oil Spills After Montana Train Derailment.” For additional coverage on these and other derailments, see The DOT-111 Reader. – RS]
UPDATE: Oil tank cars leaking oil after another derailment near North Dakota-Montana borderBy Forum News Service on Jul 16, 2015 at 10:10 p.m.
CULBERTSON, Mont. – A train carrying oil derailed in northeast Montana Thursday, hours after the tracks reopened from another train derailment that occurred on Tuesday in the same county.
The westbound train derailed about 6:05 p.m. Mountain Time east of Culbertson, Mont, said BNSF Railway spokesman Matt Jones.
The westbound train contained 106 loaded crude oil tank cars and two buffer cars loaded with sand. Twenty-two cars derailed and two of those remained upright, Jones said.
The other rail cars were still on the track in the desolate area near the North Dakota and Montana border.
Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick, who said he was expecting another long night, said about that two of the cars were verified as leaking oil, but there were no fires as of about 11 p.m. Central Time.
No injuries have been reported. Local firefighters and law enforcement officers are at the scene as a precaution, Jones said.
Also as a precaution all of the rural ranch homes within a mile radius of the derailment were evacuated, said Frederick.
Also traffic has been rerouted off of U.S. Highway 2, which is only about 50 yards from the derailed oil tankers, said the sheriff.
Frederick said a hazmat crew from BNSF was on a jet and on its way from Fort Worth, Texas, to the scene of the derailment. They had not arrived yet at 11 p.m.
“It’s absolutely going to be a long night,” the sheriff said. “It’s very unfortunate.”
Nine rail cars derailed Tuesday afternoon near Blair, Mont., about 20 miles to the west of the Thursday derailment, said the sheriff.
Both derailments were within about 50 miles of Williston, N.D.
The tracks had reopened about 12:15 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday after crews repaired 1 mile of damaged track from Tuesday’s accident.
Tuesday’s derailment disrupted Amtrak service between Whitefish, Mont., and Minneapolis, and the sheriff said he expects more delays are likely.