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Coal spilled from train derailment smoldering along Clark Fork River

On Sept. 16, 2017, Montana Rail Link crews tend to smoldering coal that had spilled along the Clark Fork River during a train derailment in mid-August. The photo was taken in Montana from SR 200 east of the Idaho state line at Milepost 8.  (Sandy Compton)
On Sept. 16, 2017, Montana Rail Link crews tend to smoldering coal that had spilled along the Clark Fork River during a train derailment in mid-August. The photo was taken in Montana from SR 200 east of the Idaho state line at Milepost 8. (Sandy Compton)

ENVIRONMENT -- A month after a train derailment spilled up to 30 car loads of coal down the bank of the Clark Fork River, the coal is still there settling down into the water, and it's smoldering.

Photos snapped by residents of the Heron, Montana, area on Sunday show Montana Rail Link crews running fire hose from a train down to the smoldering coal.

This is bad news, unless you're an angler who doesn't want to bring the grill from home to cook his catch for a shore lunch along the river.

The photos were taken in Montana across the river from Milepost 8 on SR 200 east of the Idaho state line.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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