Ceiling collapse prolongs work on Montana tunnel
August 5, 2009
Work to reopen a blocked train tunnel west of Helena will take at least another week, after a section of ceiling collapsed, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Just hours before the Mullan tunnel was to be reopened on Sunday, a 20-foot ceiling section and five of 22 newly installed steel arches collapsed in the 3,896-foot tunnel, Lynda Frost, a spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link, told the Missoulian. The closing of the tunnel means that a large number of trains are being rerouted through the Hi-Line and Havre. Officials estimate it will take until next Sunday to reopen the tunnel tha...