Train carrying Boeing fuselages derails in Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. - Clean-up crews in Montana have their work cut out for them Saturday morning as they try to recover Boeing fuselages that crashed into the river on their way to Renton, Washington.

A freight train derailed in western Montana, sending three cars carrying 737, 777, and 747 aircraft components down a steep embankment and into the Clark Fork River.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Thirteen of the cars that derailed were carrying freight, mostly aircraft parts with some soybeans and denatured alcohol. Six were empty. Frost says the alcohol didn't leak and no soybeans spilled. She said crews were working to remove the aircraft parts from the water.

Trains were being rerouted while repairs are made, and the line is expected to reopen by Saturday evening.