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Train derails north of Whitefish

A train carrying lumber derailed Tuesday afternoon near Trego, north of Whitefish. According to Trego, Fortine, Stryker Volunteer Fire Department Chief Isaiah Williams, there were no injuries.

Williams says one train car blocked a local road for a couple of hours. Fire department staff and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office directed traffic until the railway crossing was cleared. Williams also says Mission Mountain Railroad, which owns the train, was on scene, along with BNSF staff, to get the train back on the tracks.

Mission Mountain Railroad could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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