Despite the renewed concern surrounding rail infrastructure and derailments across the United States, it seems not all train accidents are environmental catastrophes reminiscent of a dystopian dramedy starring Adam Driver — sometimes, they’re rad as all hell and full of free beer.
On Sunday, April 2, yet another train derailment – one of the three that happen on average each day, according to NPR – made headlines, this time, not for poisoning an entire region White Noise style, but for dumping several cases of Coors Light and Blue Moon into the Clark Fork river in western Montana.
Though there were no reported injuries or spills of hazardous material (though whether Coors beer is hazardous is still up for debate) the 25-car derailment, per Montana Rail Link, also spilled powdered clay and has already proven challenging considering several cars were passing through a small tunnel.
The train that derailed today on the Clark Fork River spilled hundreds of cases of beer and the Missoulian’s Ben Smith got this legendary photo pic.twitter.com/VK7rfNAAmm— David Erickson (@David__Erickson) April 3, 2023
Then, on Sunday, a 25-car train derailed beside a scenic western Montana river, spilling powdered clay and cases of beer into the water. The train was run by Montana Rail Link, which will soon be a BNSF property. /7pic.twitter.com/7NJs6I8WVi— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) April 4, 2023
“It’s a terrible spot to get in and out of,” Sanders County Disaster and Emergency Service manager Bill Naegeli told the Associated Press.
It's unclear whether the cleanup crews will be paid in beer like that one mid-aughts gum commercial for their valiant environmental heroism. And if they need us, we are ready to answer their call.