On Wednesday a freight train with three locomotives and six cars derailed in a remote area, 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry on the main line. The train crashed into the Kootenai river in northern Idaho and the lead locomotive began leaking diesel into the river.
Nobody was injured and two workers were rescued from inside the train. Clean up crews have placed booms in various places across the river to prevent further contamination.
The reason for the train derailing seems to be a rock slide in the area according to BNSF Railway Company spokesman Gus Melonas. He says the investigation is under way but the only way to access the area is via train or boat.
The track is used daily by forty trains which include other freight trains as well as passenger trains from Amtrak, travelling between Seattle and Chicago.