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Reuters, Published March 03 2014

BSNF reports rail delays after Montana avalanche

BNSF Railway Co on Monday reported delays in its northern region following an avalanche late last week in the Glacier National Park in Montana.

The avalanche swept down a mountainside and into Missoula, Montana, on Friday. It may have been inadvertently caused by a snowboarder riding a mountain slope, according to federal authorities.

"All traffic in both directions is impacted," said Matt Jones, a spokesman for BNSF, referring to eastbound and westbound trains that ship physical commodities, such as grains, coal and crude oil.

"There is still no estimate on when the tracks will reopen," he added.

The U.S. Federal Rail Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, also confirmed that there were rail outages caused by the avalanche.

But an FRA spokesman earlier said that BNSF's service could be up and running by the end of day.

BNSF Railway Co is a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.