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Published March 13, 2012, 10:33 AM

1 person dies after train-vehicle crash in Montana

CHESTER, Mont. (AP) — Railroad officials say a freight train struck a pickup truck at a crossing in northern Montana, killing the woman who was driving truck.

CHESTER, Mont. (AP) — Railroad officials say a freight train struck a pickup truck at a crossing in northern Montana, killing the woman who was driving truck.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the accident happened around 3 p.m. Monday about five miles west of Chester. He says a train with three locomotives, 22 cars of general freight and 48 empty cars was traveling about 55 mph when it struck the pickup.

Melonas says the train was whistling, and the crossing had a crossbuck sign as a warning.

The train was heading from Pasco, Wash., to Dilworth, Minn.

No fuel spills, derailments or other injuries were reported.

The woman's name was not immediately released.

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