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Train Derailment Forces Section of Clark Fork River to Close Near Tarkio

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TARKIO -

Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials announced the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River will be open on Saturday for floaters. State officials closed the area on Friday after three Montana Rail Link cars derailed, and crews worked to remove the debris from the water.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost said that no one was injured when 19 cars from a train derailed at about 4 p.m. on Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton.

The train was traveling westbound from Kansas City, Kansas to Kenton, Washington.

Three cars, which were carrying mostly aircraft parts with some soybeans and denatured alcohol, ended up on the water.

Frost said that the alcohol didn't leak and no soybeans spilled.

FWP closed the Alberton Gorge portion of the river between St. John's and Tarkio Fishing Access Sites to safely remove the debris.

St. John's FAS, Cyr Bridge, Triple Bridge, Ralph's Takeout and Tarkio access sites are all closed. FWP has been posting signs and telling people to leave the area.

Three aircraft parts remain in the water. Safety personnel will keep people away from the wreckage. The parts are set to be pulled from the water on Sunday. FWP hasn't decided if it will keep the river open that day.


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