Yellowstone Urges Water Conservation after Train Derailment Contaminates Yellowstone River


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COLUMBUS, Mont. — A freight train carrying hazardous materials plunged into the Yellowstone River after a bridge collapse Saturday.

Officials shut down downstream drinking water intakes as a precaution. The train was transporting hot asphalt and molten sulfur at the time, with a yellow substance seen leaking from tank cars by nearby witnesses. 

Yellowstone County has requested residents to conserve water until further notice, implementing emergency measures at water treatment facilities and irrigation canal companies. 

No immediate threat to life or property has been reported in the county. Cleanup efforts are underway, and authorities hope to restore normal operations soon. 


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