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Preliminary Report: Derailment near Superior, Montana on MRL

We have a preliminary report that M-SPOLAU1-03 derailed 21 cars on the 4th Subdivision Montana Rail Link (MRL) near Superior, Montana at 6:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The MRL moves BNSF trains between Spokane and Laurel and Billings, Montana. Superior, Montana is approximately 57 miles north of Missoula, Montana.

MRL is routing intermodal and merchandise trains via their 10th Subdivision. Coal and grain trains are being held. Due to the isolation of the site, at the current time we have no estimate on mainline reopening. BNSF will continue to provide you with additional information as it becomes available. Customers may experience delays of 24 to 48 hours on shipments moving through this corridor.

Updated shipment information is always available through the secure Rail Central web tool at

If you have any questions, please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673, option 4, option 3.

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