Another Canadian National Railway Derailment in Alberta
The fifth reported Canadian National Railway derailment in 6 weeks in Alberta occurred July 12 north of Three Hills, about 60 kilometres northeast of Calgary (CBC News). 15 cars derailed, causing disruptions to transportation services in the area. Most of the cars carried general consumer merchandise, while 2 carried chemicals for household and industrial use. Alberta Emergency Alert indicated a local road was closed for an undisclosed length of time.
Other reported CN derailments in Alberta during the past 6 weeks include:
1. July 4: 6 cars carrying crude oil, methanol, lumber and gravel derailed and flipped over near Whitecourt.
2. June 27: 11 grain cars derailed near Chisholm.
3. June 11: 20 cars carrying dangerous goods residue, grain and lumber derailed near Faust.
4. May 30: About 50,000 litres of molten sulphur spilled from 3 of 7 derailed cars north of Lac La Biche.
See CN Railway Derailments, Other Accidents and Incidents for hundreds of additional CN derailments in North America.
The number of main-track and non-main-track derailments in Canada has recently been reported to be increasing significantly since the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster that killed 47 people last July.