Los Angeles: Train derails across river in US Montana
Los Angeles: Train derails across river in US Montana

LOS ANGELES: A train derailed Sunday, April 2,  morning in the United state's Montana and local authorities claimed there was no risk to public safety.

Between 20 to 25 freight train carriages derailed into the Clark Fork River in Sanders County at around 9:20 a.m. local time, according to a statement from Montana Rail Link (MRL), which runs a more than 1,400-km railway connecting Montana and its neighbouring state of Washington (0320 GMT).

The company said that an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident was ongoing and that its staff was present on the scene alongside first responders.

Online images revealed that at least a dozen railcars were involved and that some of the smashed railcars had debris strewn beneath them.

Thus far, there have been no immediate reports of casualties.

The derailment occurred after many similar accidents in recent weeks in various regions of America, one of which in Ohio resulted in the spilling of tonnes of dangerous chemicals and caused local demonstrations as well as anxiety across the country.

Last week, residents of Raymond, Minn., were ordered to evacuate following a train with apaprox 14 cars of ethanol derailed, officials said. Train derailments also occurred last month in Alabama, Arizona and Springfield, Ohio.

“I’m closely watcing the train derailment in Sanders County,” Montana Sen Steve Daines tweeted Sunday. “My office is in close contact with Sanders County officials and BNSFRailway and MRL officials. The safety of the community is my top priority.”

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