Daines’ Staff Visits Site, Receives Update, Provides Assistance to Federal, State, Local Officials
REED POINT, MT – U.S. Senator Steve Daines provided the following update today regarding the train derailment over the Yellowstone River Saturday. Daines spoke to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg yesterday and Daines’ senior staff toured the scene of the accident today with Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and his team. Below is a statement from Daines and an update on the situation on the ground from Daines’ staff.
“My top priority is protecting our Montana way of life and that means ensuring the health and safety of all Montanans and our state’s natural resources and wildlife. I commend Gov Gianforte and local officials on their swift response to the derailment and am pleased with the progress so far. We will continue to monitor the environmental tests and assess their impacts.
“It is equally important that we get to the bottom of what caused this crash. I spoke to Secretary Buttigieg yesterday and my hope is that he will ensure his department conducts a swift and thorough investigation into the cause of this crash.”