Hundreds of crates of beer spill out after train derails into river

Hundreds of crates of beer fell out of a freight train after it derailed into a river.

Around 25 carriages are said to have left the track with some falling down an embankment into the Clark Fork River in Montana, US.

Photos show a huge number of boxes – including some labelled with the brand Coors Light – lying between two of the carriages by the side of the water.

One picture features a small boat with three men, apparently fishermen, with one standing up and smiling as he holds a bottle of beer he’s recovered from the wreckage.

It’s not believed anyone was hurt in the accident, which happened near the town of Paradise, and police said it’s not thought the carriages were carrying anything hazardous.

Firefighters and representatives of Montana Rail Link, which was operating the train, were responding and investigating what the carriages were carrying.

Photos posted on social media show some of the cars appearing to dip into the river.

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A Montana Rail Link spokesperson said: ‘We are committed to addressing any impacts to the area as a result of this accident, prioritising the safety of our employees and the public, and understanding the reasons for this incident.’

Montana’s US senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester said in separate tweets that they were monitoring the derailment and were in touch with local officials.

Federal regulators and members of US congress are urging the railways to do more to prevent derailments after recent incidents that involving fires and hazardous chemicals in Ohio and Minnesota lead to evacuations.

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