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Train derails in south Billings; MRL says no hazardous materials involved

Railway track in the evening in sunset. Panoramic view on the railroad switch.
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Railway track in the evening in sunset. Panoramic view on the railroad switch.

Officials were working Friday afternoon to clear a train derailment in south Billings.

The Billings Police Department first reported the incident around 1:30, saying Gabel Road is “completely blocked and will remain so for several hours.”

A spokesperson for Montana Rail Link says the train was moving at a slow speed when it derailed. No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved.

The cause is under investigation.

This is the third train derailment in the region this week. On Thursday a train carrying ethanol and corn syrup derailed and caught fire in a town about 100 miles west of Minneapolis, forcing residents to evacuate their homes.

And on Sunday a train derailed and spilled hazardous materials near Fargo, North Dakota.

Nadya joined Yellowstone Public Radio as news director in October 2021. Before coming to YPR, she spent six years as digital news editor/reporter for the NPR affiliate in Wichita, Kansas, where her work earned several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Social Media. Originally from Texas, Nadya has lived and worked in Colorado, Illinois, Washington, D.C.; and North Dakota. She lives in Billings with her cat, Dragon, and dog, Trooper, and enjoys hiking, crocheting, and traveling as often as possible.