One of the region's major rail arterials came to a halt Jan. 25 when two freight trains derailed near Montana's Glacier National Park. The track is part of the main rail route that runs from the Pacific coast, across Idaho's pandhandle, into Montana and on to the Midwest.
One of the trains was hauling general merchandse from Seattle and the other was hauling general freight from Pasco, Wash.
A spokesman for BNSF Railway, North America's second-largest freight railroad network, told the Associated Press that two trains derailed Jan. 25, one at Belton, Mont., and another 10 miles west of Cut Bank, Mont. The line was expected to be reopened today.
Through much of Friday, some freight traffic was re-routed through southern Montana.
Amtrak—which also uses the stretch of rail on its northernmost east-west route—bused a number of passengers between Whitefish, Mont., and Shelby, Mont. while the line was closed.