A String of CN Derailments
There appears to be no end to derailments by Canadian National Railway. The most recent one on November 21, 2010 involved 14 tanker and freight cars falling off the track at CN’s Scotford Rail Yard. Only 3 months earlier (August 18, 2010) 43 CN tanker cars fell off the tracks in the same yard. And, in April 2005, hydrogen peroxide leaked out of an overturned car when 8 CN tank cars derailed in the same yard. CN does not seem to be able to get a handle on the string of accidents in this particular rail yard.
Residents in the same County (Strathcona) who live near a recently completed rail yard built by Cando Contracting Ltd. to store over 200 Imperial Oil petroleum tank cars are becoming extremely concerned about CN’s safety record, especially in rail yards. They say that at least this string of derailments at the Scotford Rail Yard is happening in an industrial area, whereas the recently completed rail yard in their community in the southwest part of the same County is right next to homes and wildlife conservation areas, and close to a school and golf course. A derailment and fire at this rail yard would be disastrous.
There have been many other recent CN derailments in other locations, including one northwest of Edmonton and one near Vibank, Saskatchewan (see “Latest News” link). Rail yards are particularly prone to derailments and other accidents. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will undoubtedly be looking into this recent escalation in CN derailments.
For more on CN derailments see this link.