Jul 4, 2014 11:45 PM by MTN News - Missoula

Train derailment west of Missoula closes river

MONTANA - A Montana Rail Link train en-route from Kansas City to Renton, Washington derailed east of Superior Thursday afternoon, sending three cars of aircraft components into the Clark Fork River.

MRL spokeswoman Linda Frost says 19 cars derailed around 4p.m.

Thursday 18 miles east of Superior near Fish Creek Road and Interstate 90.

Frost tells MTN News a total of 19 cars derailed; seven cars with aircraft components, three cars carrying soybeans, three cars with denatured alcohol and the other seven were empty.

Frost says three aircraft components landed in the Clark Fork River. Frost says no alcohol or soybeans leaked.

She said no one was hurt.

Trains are being rerouted while crews clean up the derailment. Frost says they expect to reopen the line Saturday evening.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River between St. John's and Tarkio Fishing Access Sites so that debris from the derailment can be safely pulled from the river.

St. John's, Cyr Bridge, Triple Bridge, Ralph's Takeout and Tarkio access sites are all closed. The river and access site will reopen as soon as cleanup concludes.

Tip of the hat to Reddit user roro_fuzz. Who took these photos while rafting in the Clark Fork.

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