More Canadian National Railway Derailments in Alberta and Ontario
Early this morning, 26 Canadian National Railway cars derailed in Brockville, Ontario, including 13 tanker cars carrying hazardous goods residue (up to 2,000 gallons per car), 5 cars carrying carbon powder and 2 loaded auto carriers (Reuters, CTV News). Automobiles that were being transported were strewn across the tracks. Via Rail service is being disrupted for at least 2 days for thousands of passengers due to the derailment on the main line. A total of 29 trains won’t be running on the track today. The site is being assessed for any spills or leaks.
On June 27, 11 CN grain cars derailed, blocking the main tracks and a public railroad crossing for about a day near Chisholm, Alberta (South Peace News). Gene Crick, a Chisholm resident, said, “I just don’t know what to think of it. But something’s got to be done because, what the heck, three derailments in a row?” Regarding this particular CN derailment, he said, “The mess that I’d seen was the tracks, a real mess; twisted right up in the air. It’s just like a cat came in and plowed it up.”
Railroaded has already posted a blog on the July 4 CN derailment near Whitecourt, Alberta, where 5 to 6 cars carrying crude oil, methanol, lumber and gravel flipped over on their sides. See CN Railway Derailments, Other Accidents and Incidents for many more examples of CN derailments and spills.