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Train Hauling Soda Ash Derails; Car In River

A freight train hauling soda ash near Glenns Ferry derailed Thursday afternoon, sending one of the cars partially into the Snake River, Union Pacific Railroad officials said. Thirteen cars derailed toward the end of the train at about 4:15 p.m., with one becoming about 25 percent submerged in the water, railroad spokesman Ed Trandahl said.

Commuters Trapped In Train Wreckage

A train carrying commuters home at rush hour slammed into an empty train outside London on Thursday, killing at least one passenger and injuring 66 others. Firefighters at the scene tried to cut their way into one of the cars to free an undetermined number of people trapped in the wreckage.

Derailment Spills Corn Syrup, Sweetener

Crews worked to repair tracks Monday after 50 train cars derailed on a stone arch bridge, spilling corn syrup and powdered corn sweetener into the Little Juniata River. The only people aboard the 138-car train Sunday - the engineer and conductor - were not hurt. Investigators haven't determined what caused the accident.

Train Kills Man Lying On Tracks

A man was killed by a freight train near here Monday in what may have been a suicide, authorities said. Officials had not yet released the victim's name Monday afternoon. The Burlington Northern conductor saw the man lying on the tracks as the train approached, said Missoula County sheriff's Sgt. Willis Hintz. The conductor braked the train, which was on Montana Rail Link tracks, but couldn't bring it to a stop in time to avoid hitting the man, according to Hintz, who said the train had been traveling at about 45 mph.

Bus, Train Crash Kills 33 In Mexico

A bus and a passenger train collided at a railroad crossing in this Pacific Coast port, killing 33 people and injuring 13, officials said Saturday. Sinaloa state attorney Luis Zuniga Vizcarra, who is investigating the crash, said it occurred around 10 p.m. Friday. He said all the victims were Mexicans. The train was bound for Nogales, on the Arizona border, when it crashed into the bus at the crossing.

Some Evacuees Refuse To Return

Many residents of Alberton, evacuated more than two weeks ago by a train derailment, were allowed to return home during the weekend. However, a group of about 80 residents say they will not return until they are assured that their homes and property are free of any dangerous chemicals.

Four People Dead, Dozens Injured In Finland Train Crash

An express train derailed in heavy fog early Sunday near Helsinki, killing four people and injuring 50, rescue officials said. The overnight train from Oulu, northern Finland, was headed for Helsinki with 200 passengers. It derailed when the conductors were about to wake up the passengers.

Crews To Empty Chlorine Tank Car

Crews expected to have one chlorine tanker emptied Monday night, as they worked to clean up after a derailment forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 area residents last week. Crews planned to move two cars out of the site this morning and patch and unload the car that ruptured in last Thursday's derailment, sending a cloud of toxic gas over the area. About 300 of those evacuated have returned to their homes. Some of the returning residents are finding horses left in their corrals are sick - bleeding from the nostrils, some short of breath, many listless and lethargic.

Returning Evacuees Find Sick Horses

Rural Alberton residents evacuated after Thursday's derailment are finding horses left in their corrals are sick - bleeding from the nostrils, some short of breath, many listless and lethargic. The derailment early Thursday morning released a cloud of deadly chlorine gas. People were evacuated, but most did not have time to gather livestock. They are finding the problems as they return to the area.

Rail Line Closed After Trains Sideswipe

An eastbound freight train sideswiped another freight on a siding near West Glacier early Saturday, and wreckage of several derailed cars blocked the main line. No one was injured and no hazardous materials were involved, said Gus Melonas, spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, from Seattle. He said the three locomotives of the train on the siding were damaged, and five container cars on the eastbound train were derailed. Melonas said railroad crews expect to have the line cleared and trains running again late this morning. In the meantime, Amtrak has indicated its trains will turn around at Havre and Whitefish and passengers will be bused between the towns. Lumber from the eastbound train speared into the cab of one locomotive on the parked train, but that train's crew members were out of the locomotive as a safety procedure, Melonas said. The crash occurred about five miles east of West Glacier, just west of Glacier National Park and in the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Inland Rail Lines Go Up For Sale

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. said Monday that bidders have until May 24 to make an offer on 277 miles of Inland Northwest rail lines for sale west and south of Spokane. A sale could close as soon as July 31. As announced earlier, the lines offered for sale include a 108-mile branch from Cheney to Coulee City, Wash.; 122 miles from Marshall, Wash., to Arrow, Idaho; and 47 miles from Palouse, Wash., to Bovill, Idaho. The branch between Moscow and Arrow is abandoned; between Harvard, Idaho, and Bovill is shut down.

Evacuated Residents Get To Go Home

Residents locked out of their city for nearly three weeks because of a train derailment and propane fire will return home today, officials said Thursday. "This time they're coming in their cars and they're coming in to stay," said Wisconsin National Guard 2nd Lt. Gary Thompson.

Train’s Brakes Fail; Sabotage Is Suspected

Workers sift through debris Thursday at a switching yard in St. Paul, Minn., after a runaway Burlington Northern freight train, traveling 50 mph, lost its brakes and slammed into a railroad office building, injuring nine people. Photo by Associated Press