Posted: Sep 6, 2013 8:55 AM by Brenda Bassett - MTN News
Updated: Sep 6, 2013 8:56 AM
SUPERIOR - The big cranes moved in, and the derailed train cars began moving out on Thursday as Montana Rail Link crews worked to clear the track after 24 cars derailed near Superior.
Wednesday morning's derailment left 24 of the train's 66 cars off the track, and what's left is a mess of mangled track and debris.
"We were shocked that there was that much damage, and all the cars in the river," one nearby resident told us.
The site itself is not ideal for crews to work in, since the space is narrow and has a steep drop on one side.
The work is well underway, and while it may look like a small piece of the track, it actually connects thousands of miles of rails, meaning that trains are being delayed.
"I think with that team of experts will be able to get this done so we can resume operations," MRL spokesperson Lynda Frost observed.
A lot of progress was made in a short time, and officials remained hopeful that they could start laying track as soon as the cars blocking the way are removed.
"Once we get that done we will resume operations again," Frost said.
MRL is hoping that will be sometime on Friday but in the meantime, the cause of the wreck is still being investigated.
"We're working on the case, things are coming together well, and we should have that information within the week," Frost told us.
Once the line is cleared, MRL crews will repair the tracks, and then will work to the other wrecked cars out of the area.
Frost says they hope to know what caused the derailment within a few days.