Train Derails

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed just south of Boise City on Sunday morning. A center portion of the train left the tracks just north of Daniel's curve, near the R.P. Crabtree turnoff. The BNSF coal train was southbound, there were no injuries.

First reports said the accident was caused by a broken rail. But, according to Joseph Faust, a spokesperson for BNSF, an investigation is underway to determine exactly what caused the derailment of the 24 cars and their cargo. “That, (a broken rail) may have occurred because of something else, a ripple effect,” Faust said.

The tracks destroyed in the accident were replaced, and traffic restored to the line in just about 24 hours, according to Faust. However, an exact dollar amount lost by delays and damage was not released.