Crude oil train derails in rural northeastern Montana

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking oil.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick says there are no reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright.

BNSF spokesman Michael Trevino says the train was pulling 106 loaded crude oil cars when it derailed near Culbertson near the North Dakota border just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Police and fire crews are at the site of the derailment, which has forced the closure of federal Highway 2, the region's main artery.

Frederick tells The Associated Press that crews are not going too close to the leaking cars until a BNSF hazardous materials team, enroute from Texas, reaches the scene. But he said that there was no immediate threat to public safety.

The sheriff didn't know how many homes were evacuated but described area as a rural setting with ranch homes spread apart.