Montana

Aug 6, 2012 6:42 AM by Q2 News

Train derailment causes multiple explosions near Plevna

BILLINGS - A train derailment 2 miles west of the small town of Plevna, Montana has caused several explosions and has kept emergency crews busy throughout Sunday in Fallon County.

Fallon County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Chuck Lee says around 3p.m. on Sunday, five cars from a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed-causing multiple explosions.

The rail company did respond to the scene along with Fallon County and several emergency crews from across the region to battle several wildfires which sparked from the explosions.

It is believed the explosions are being caused by denatured alcohol, which was one of the cargo items from the derailed cars.

Currently, no evacuation orders have been issued for Plevna or the nearby town of Baker, but people are asked to stay one-half mile away from the train line.

Lee says the plan for now is to allow the fire to burn itself out before clean-up can begin.

Crews will remain at the site for the remainder of the evening.

(Photo Courtesy: Heather Stevenson Bondell)

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