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Rail service restored on the Hi-Line

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Last updated 9/29/2021 at 11:25am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Crews work Tuesday on inspecting and clearing the tracks at the scene of Saturday's Amtrak derailment near Joplin. Amtrak and BNSF Railway both say operations should go beck to fully normal traffic through the site of the crash today, with Amtrak's Empire Builder starting its full runs east and west today and BNSF operations back to normal in the area.

The area of train tracks near Joplin, damaged by the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train Saturday afternoon, has been repaired and service is being restored.

BNSF Public Affairs General Director Lena Kent said necessary repairs were completed early Tuesday morning and the line has since been reopened.

Amtrak Spokesperson Marc Magliari said the Empire Builder's westbound service from Chicago was restored Tuesday and a westbound train will be in today, while eastbound service will be restored today with the first train arriving in Montana Thursday.

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