Helena Train Explosion - 30th Anniversary

The remains of the tanker car carrying hydrogen peroxide from the explosion

"Early in the dark hours of February 2, 1989, 48 freight cars broke away from their locomotives. They rolled nine miles back into Helena, where they struck a three-locomotive worker train at 4:48 a.m. Nineteen cars derailed and there was a small explosion from a propane fueled switch heater. Ten minutes later, a ruptured tanker carrying several tons of hydrogen peroxide exploded, causing the damage to Carroll College"

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Read the story in The Prospector here: http://montananewspapers.org/…/ThePr…/1989-02-23/ed-1/seq-1/

Photos and The Prospector are from the Carroll College Library Archives