BNSF train derailment in Idaho causes Amtrak delays in Minot

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MINOT, N.D. - Amtrak passengers traveling to Minot from the western part of the country are experiencing delays due to a BNSF train derailment in northern Idaho.

Three locomotives and six rail cars left the tracks near Bonners Ferry, Idaho, late Wednesday night, and went into the Kootenai River. Two crew members had to be rescued from the train, but no one was hurt.

Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari says because of this, the eastbound Empire Builder is delayed by as much as six hours. He said buses are picking up some of the Amtrak passengers, and those that subscribe to "delay trackers" received notifications.

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The Empire Builder route cuts across the northern part of the U.S., through Williston and Minot, all the way to Chicago.