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Empty coal cars derail in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Thirteen cars from an empty BNSF coal train have derailed in a switching yard in Great Falls. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the derailment happened at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday while the train was traveling at a speed ...

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Thirteen cars from an empty BNSF coal train have derailed in a switching yard in Great Falls.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the derailment happened at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday while the train was traveling at a speed of less than 2 mph. Eleven of the cars were on their sides, but Melonas says damage was minimal. No one was injured.

The cars were being re-railed and Melonas says the company hoped to have the line reopened Thursday afternoon.

The empty coal train was traveling from Canada to the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

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