ESSEX, Mont. — Avalanches crashed into a freight train Wednesday, knocking 15 cars off the rails and shutting the tracks, which are also used by Amtrak.
No one was injured, and the derailed grain cars were empty, said Gus Melonas, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman. "The slides occurred due to extremely heavy snowfall," he said. "We've had 60 inches of snow in the area."