Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Train derails south of city

CN conducts probe and cleanup job

  • Print

CN moved in heavy equipment Sunday to remove seven train cars following a derailment south of St. Norbert along Highway 75.

"It's a matter of cleanup and a restoration effort. It will take quite a while," CN spokeswoman Lindsay Fedchyshyn said from Toronto. "In terms of cause, everybody wants to know, but it's too early to tell," she said.

Emergency crews on the scene confirmed there were no injuries or environmental damage as a result of the derailment, which took place 12:55 p.m. Sunday.

CN expected an investigative team to remain on the scene for hours Sunday. The cleanup was expected to last overnight and possibly into today before crews cleared the scene.

The rail route is one of the main arteries south into the United States, but officials expected no delays in rail traffic as a result of the derailment. Crews were rerouting trains to alternate stretches of track Sunday.

Winnipeg emergency police and fire crews manned the site of the derailment just before 1 p.m., briefly closing one of the two southbound lanes on Highway 75 just south of St. Norbert.

"From all our records and CN's records, it's not a dangerous product," said Ted Kuryluk, platoon chief and scene commander for the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

The scene commander said one of the cars tipped, spilling a load of plastic pellets, known as polystyrene beads, used in the manufacture of water bottles, children's toys and similar products. The other cars carried steel pipe for the pipeline industry and lumber.

The Winnipeg fire service dispatched a hazmat unit when the call came in as a precaution but it was called back before it arrived, the scene commander said.

"The river is very close. That's why we came here. This doesn't pose any danger," Kuryluk said, gesturing to the scene of the derailment on the banks of the La Salle River.

The area is environmentally sensitive, located on a narrow strip of land where the Red River and the La Salle bend towards Highway 75.

Five of the cars were derailed, either partly or completely. The other two cars remained on the tracks but were blocked by the derailment.

The freight had just left Winnipeg and was headed south to the United States when the tail end of the train derailed.

The accident attracted neighbours and motorists alike.

"I didn't hear a thing," said one neighbour, a woman who gave her name as Karen. She said she lives just north of the derailment. "It was just before 1 p.m., and we were having an Easter-egg hunt. Then we saw this white van, one of the railroad vans, stop outside. That's when we decided to have a look."

She said her family has lived in the area for 40 years and this was the first derailment they'd seen.

A passerby said he and his friend were headed south on a drive to check out the swelling flood waters on the Red when they saw the derailment and stopped to check it out.

"This is a friend of mine's property. He's in Arizona and this might upset him," said the man. "I just took some pictures to send him."

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2014 A3

History

Updated on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:30 AM CDT: adds photo

7:39 AM: adds video

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart - Take It Easy

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 060710 The full moon rises above the prairie south of Winnipeg Monday evening.
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What should the city do with the 102-year-old Arlington Street bridge?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google