Gusty winds apparently blew 58 large containers off a train 13 miles west of Helena near the small community of Austin and caused numerous power outages throughout Lewis and Clark County.
According to Lynda Frost, a spokesperson for Montana Rail Link, the derailment occurred about 4:55 a.m.
“A preliminary investigation indicates the train was impacted by high winds while moving through a curve on the Continental Divide,” Frost said in an email. “Four of the derailed five-pack cars and their containers are currently strewn along the slight embankment at the scene. There were no hazardous materials in those containers located on the hillside nor were there any injuries.”
Most of the containers were empty, Frost said.
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