REPORT: Train Derailment With Multiple Tankers Leaking Petroleum Could Threaten River in Montana

(Credit: Stillwater County DES Facebook page)

A train derailed from a bridge Saturday morning in Montana around both Stillwater and Yellowstone Counties, with the damage of several tankers containing petroleum products threatening to leak into the Yellowstone River, according to multiple sources.


KTVQ reports:

BILLINGS – Water treatment facilities in Laurel, Billings, and Lockwood, as well as the irrigation canal companies, instituted emergency protective measures Saturday morning, including shutting down head gates, due to a potential hazmat spill into the Yellowstone River in Stillwater County. […]

There is no reported threat to life or property in Yellowstone County at this time.

Their report included a press release from the Stillwater County Disaster and Emergency Services, which said the agency “[has] not determined the cause of the derailment” at this time.

In a Facebook post, the Yellowstone County Sheriffs Office warned that “petroleum products” from “multiple tankers” that were damaged in the derailment were spilling near the river, but there’s no immediate threat to people nearby:

Yellowstone County DES was notified of a train derailment in Stillwater County early this morning. Multiple tanker cars were damaged and are leaking petroleum products near the Yellowstone River. Resources are being dispatched and multiple agencies are assisting.

There is no immediate threat to Yellowstone County. [P]recautions are being put in place. Local Fishing Accesses will be closed. Water treatment plants, irrigation districts, and industrial companies are taking appropriate precautions. We will update with information as it is received.


Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT) wrote in a tweet that he is “tracking the train derailment over the Yellowstone River,” and shared a frightening image of the aftermath:

In an update, he added that “[w]ater treatment facilities in Laurel, Billings and Lockwood have been shut down.” Passing along an earlier request by Yellowstone DES, Rosendale advised residents to “please try to conserve water” where they can.

As this is a developing story, RedState will provide further updates as they become available.



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