Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials report that crews have removed one of the two locomotives that went over an embankment and into the Kootenai River about three miles east of the Idaho/Montana line on New Years Day, and work is getting underway to remove the lead engine from which the two man crew was rescued as it was sinking.

BNSF personnel are now placing heavy equipment necessary to bring the remaining locomotive to the track. BNSF hopes to have the locomotive out by early February.

Diesel that spilled into the river from the lead locomotive is all but finished, with BNSF, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Idaho Department of Environmental Equality and the Environmental Protection Agency all working now to monitor water quality.

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