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September 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The body of a second crew member was found in the wreckage of two Burlington Northern freight trains that crashed head-on late last week near the tiny north-central Montana farming town of Ledger. Searchers aided by dogs continued the search through huge piles of wreckage for another crewman still missing. Five other crew members were injured when the nine locomotives and 31 freight cars derailed in the collision Friday. Federal officials arrived to investigate the cause.
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October 21, 1993 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An unknown number of grizzly bears have been hit and killed by trains as the animals gorge themselves on what is left of corn spills along the Burlington Northern tracks near Glacier National Park. Nine deaths have been confirmed, five of them breeding females, but park officials say that may be only half of the total loss, despite herculean efforts to clean up more than 10,000 tons of grain corn scattered by a series of three train wrecks during the winter of 1989-90.
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NEWS
February 13, 1989
The crew of a runaway train that caused a devastating explosion near Helena, Mont., earlier this month apparently set the train's air brakes, but it remains a mystery why the brakes failed, federal inspectors said. Montana Rail Link officials, federal inspectors and employees, however, disagree over whether the train's hand brakes also should have been set while the crew changed locomotives near the Continental Divide.
NEWS
September 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The body of a second crew member was found in the wreckage of two Burlington Northern freight trains that crashed head-on late last week near the tiny north-central Montana farming town of Ledger. Searchers aided by dogs continued the search through huge piles of wreckage for another crewman still missing. Five other crew members were injured when the nine locomotives and 31 freight cars derailed in the collision Friday. Federal officials arrived to investigate the cause.
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February 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two explosions caused by runaway railroad cars rocked Montana's capital city Thursday, cutting off electricity and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people as wind chills dipped to 70 degrees below zero. The runaway cars derailed and hit a propane tank near the railroad tracks, setting off an explosion. Minutes later, the fire from the blast caused one of the derailed cars containing a flammable chemical to blow up, authorities said.
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August 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Thirteen passengers and an Amtrak employee remained hospitalized Saturday after a 12-car derailment that was blamed on track warped by nearly 100-degree heat. The train, en route from Chicago to Seattle, was traveling at 79 m.p.h. when it left the track Friday. At least five of the nine passenger cars turned over and people were thrown from their seats, causing 160 injuries, authorities said.
NEWS
October 21, 1993 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An unknown number of grizzly bears have been hit and killed by trains as the animals gorge themselves on what is left of corn spills along the Burlington Northern tracks near Glacier National Park. Nine deaths have been confirmed, five of them breeding females, but park officials say that may be only half of the total loss, despite herculean efforts to clean up more than 10,000 tons of grain corn scattered by a series of three train wrecks during the winter of 1989-90.
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August 6, 1988 | Associated Press
An Amtrak passenger train on its way from Chicago to Seattle derailed on the plains of northern Montana Friday, scattering wreckage and injuring more than 100 people, authorities said. There were no deaths, Valley County Deputy Sheriff Clay Berger said. "I saw a cloud of dust, and I thought it was a whirlwind," said Eddie O'Brien, who was sitting at the train crossing in his car as the train passed through the community of Saco, about 50 miles south of the Canadian border.
NEWS
August 20, 1990 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Grizzly bears are among nature's most determined opportunists, eating most anything and willing to fight most anybody in their way. So imagine in the spring of last year when the grizzlies of northern Montana awoke from winter's hibernation to behold an opportunity to end all opportunities--an opportunity bigger and tastier than any famished bear ever fantasized. Imagine them awakening and finding more than 10,000 tons of grain corn dumped on their doorstep.
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August 20, 1990 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Grizzly bears are among nature's most determined opportunists, eating most anything and willing to fight most anybody in their way. So imagine in the spring of last year when the grizzlies of northern Montana awoke from winter's hibernation to behold an opportunity to end all opportunities--an opportunity bigger and tastier than any famished bear ever fantasized. Imagine them awakening and finding more than 10,000 tons of grain corn dumped on their doorstep.
NEWS
February 13, 1989
The crew of a runaway train that caused a devastating explosion near Helena, Mont., earlier this month apparently set the train's air brakes, but it remains a mystery why the brakes failed, federal inspectors said. Montana Rail Link officials, federal inspectors and employees, however, disagree over whether the train's hand brakes also should have been set while the crew changed locomotives near the Continental Divide.
NEWS
February 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two explosions caused by runaway railroad cars rocked Montana's capital city Thursday, cutting off electricity and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people as wind chills dipped to 70 degrees below zero. The runaway cars derailed and hit a propane tank near the railroad tracks, setting off an explosion. Minutes later, the fire from the blast caused one of the derailed cars containing a flammable chemical to blow up, authorities said.
NEWS
August 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Thirteen passengers and an Amtrak employee remained hospitalized Saturday after a 12-car derailment that was blamed on track warped by nearly 100-degree heat. The train, en route from Chicago to Seattle, was traveling at 79 m.p.h. when it left the track Friday. At least five of the nine passenger cars turned over and people were thrown from their seats, causing 160 injuries, authorities said.
NEWS
August 6, 1988 | Associated Press
An Amtrak passenger train on its way from Chicago to Seattle derailed on the plains of northern Montana Friday, scattering wreckage and injuring more than 100 people, authorities said. There were no deaths, Valley County Deputy Sheriff Clay Berger said. "I saw a cloud of dust, and I thought it was a whirlwind," said Eddie O'Brien, who was sitting at the train crossing in his car as the train passed through the community of Saco, about 50 miles south of the Canadian border.
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