Rail line re-opens after Wind River Canyon crash

Rail line re-opens after Wind River Canyon crash

Trains are once again traveling through
Wind River Canyon near Thermopolis.
Burlington Northern-Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the line reopened about 10 p.m. Saturday after crews rebuilt about 300 feet of track that was torn up during a derailment.
Four freight cars and two locomotives derailed Wednesday, and
the engines spilled up to 6,800 gallons of diesel fuel, some of it into the river. Melonas says crews have been working since then to remove the damaged equipment and rebuild the rail line. The crash occurred when a southbound train slammed into a boulder that had tumbled from the rain- and snow-soaked canyon wall onto the tracks about five miles south of Thermopolis.
Damage to fish or wildlife due to the diesel spill had not been reported as of Friday.

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