In the months and hours after the blast on February 2nd, 1989, there was uncertainty for the members of the community living or working on Helena’s west side.
1989 Helena Train Explosion
On February 2, 1989, a set of train cars rolled down from near Mullan Pass to the Benton Ave. crossing in Helena.
HELENA – “It was kind of like a war zone,” remembered former Carroll boiler engineer Butch Biskupiak.
Reporters from television and radio stations, newspapers and news wires went out into brutally cold temperatures to get as much information as they could and keep the public informed about what was happening.
HELENA – “I was awakened by an explosion,” says former Lewis and Clark County Disaster & Emergency Services Coordinator Paul Spengler.
HELENA – Severe cold, some poor decisions and a lack of management are what investigators believe led to a train running uncontrolled towards Helena on
HELENA – The train explosion of 1989 wasn’t the only heartbreaking event Carroll College faced in the coming years.