A look at some of the train wrecks and derailments in the Westman area
Jan. 1, 2013: A Canadian Pacific Rail freight train derails on New Year's Day in Brandon near the First Street overpass. No one is injured in the three-car derailment.
April 30, 2011: Twenty-three cars left the CN track about 48 kilometres southeast of St. Lazare. In total, 41 containers were involved in the derailment, 11 of which were loaded with unidentified but "non-dangerous" cargo while the other 30 were empty.
No one was injured and there were no environmental issues.
Aug. 24, 2010: Five cars -- two loaded with grain and three holding sodium chlorite -- derailed in Brandon under the Eighth Street Bridge. No one was injured in the derailment and no cargo was spilled.
Feb. 11, 2010: Fifty-seven cars carrying potash to the U.S. came off the tracks in the RM of Daly about 16 km west of Rivers. Trevor Peters, who works at a grain elevator near the derailment, said: "It sounded like the train was actually coming into the elevator," as the cars piled up.
Sept. 4, 2009: Grain cars and locomotives lay in a twisted wreck after a train derailed south of Carberry. The derailment was caused by a semi trailer hitting the train. No one was injured in the accident, which crushed the second rig of the double-long semi.
Oct. 22, 2008: Four cars containing anhydrous ammonia were among train cars that left the track in Brandon. There were no leaks but students at six nearby schools and area residents were told to stay indoors. The derailment forced the city to re-examine its emergency plan.
Dec. 2, 2005: A CN train derailed about five kilometres west of Brandon. There were no injuries when the train of approximately 50 cars left the tracks.
Nov. 7, 2002: No one was injured in a CPR derailment that saw 18 boxcars careen off the rails, tearing up about 300 metres of track in the process in Newdale.
The 52-car train was carrying only grain. Several boxcars flew off the rails landing side-by-side, shredded and spilling barley.
May 2, 2002: A large fire engulfed five derailed tank cars carrying dangerous goods after a train collided with a tractor-trailer and came off the tracks near Firdale. Four of the five cars suffered punctures and released products forcing a total of 156 people to be evacuated for two days from the area of the derailed train, which was 21 freight cars in length. There were no significant injuries.
Oct. 1, 2001: Nine cars, including two loaded tank cars of methanol and one loaded with vinyl acetate, derailed near Kemnay. As a precaution, 69 people were evacuated from Kemnay because of the hazardous goods. No injuries or release of product occurred in the derailment.