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Amtrak Train Derails in Montana

January 6, 2000

ESSEX, Mont. (AP) _ A locomotive and three cars of a Seattle-to-Chicago Amtrak train derailed Thursday as the train prepared to stop at this northwestern Montana settlement. No one was injured.

Amtrak spokesman Kevin Johnson described the derailment of the Empire Builder train as minor. He did not know how many passengers were aboard.

The locomotive and the derailed cars remained upright, and use of the tracks was likely to resume by midday, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The derailed cars included the diner and baggage cars and an auxiliary unit that carried no passengers.

Johnson said passengers would resume the trip in the cars that did not derail, but there would be a delay of at least a couple of hours.

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