Aug 2, 2010 12:49 PM by Robin O'Day (KPAX-Missoula)

Train derailment near Drummond now cleared

Cargo trains are back on the tracks after an early Sunday morning derailment near Drummond.

Forty two cars carrying coal derailed seven miles east of Drummond just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, according to Montana Rail Link public information officer Linda Frost.

The train had departed the Powder River Basin and was headed to Oregon when the accident happened.

Frost says that 39 of the cars were destroyed in the derailment and MRL crews and contractors from Laurel worked overnight to remove the coal and fix the damaged tracks.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Frost says that the first train went out just after 9:30 a.m. Monday and that Montana Rail Link will follow a modified schedule throughout Monday.