Freight train plunges into Yellowstone River after bridge collapse, fears dangerous spill as residents are told to conserve water
A major emergency response has been launched in Montana after a train derailed, with officials launching emergency measures amid fears of a dangerous spill into the Yellowstone River.
A train derailment in Montana has sparked a major emergency response amid fears of a potentially dangerous spill into the Yellowstone River.
Due to the crisis, water treatment plants across the region have launched emergency measures.
According to reports, the train fell into the waterway due to the collapse of the bridge.
Residents are asked to conserve water, but Yellowstone County officials say there is currently no threat to life in the area.
A train derails in Montana, sparking a major emergency amid fears of a potentially dangerous spill into the Yellowstone River.
The train plunged into the waterway after a bridge collapsed
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has warned residents to avoid water in some parts of the river.
“From Indian Point to Buffalo Mirage, avoid water due to possible contact with contaminants,” the department tweeted.
Water treatment facilities in Laurel, Billings and Lockwood closed their headgates in response to the incident.
Soon after, the Yellowstone County Department of Disaster and Emergency Services said irrigation canal companies are also implementing spill protection measures.
According to the Billings Gazette, the train plunged into the water after a bridge collapsed under the weight of the carriages.
The outlet claimed the bridge was damaged by high water levels from recent storms in south-central Montana.
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