Another Canadian National Railway Derailment in Northern Ontario
Sixteen Canadian National Railway cars derailed today about 100 km east of Hornepayne, Ontario (Reuters and other media sources). Derailed cars were tank cars loaded with flammable crude oil or gasoline residue. CN’s mainline linking Toronto and Winnipeg remained closed in both directions for an undetermined period of time.
Only a few weeks earlier (Feb. 14), another Canadian National Railway train derailed in northern Ontario south of Timmins. 29 of 100 tank cars loaded with crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands derailed in that accident, and 7 cars burned for several days. More than 1 million litres of crude oil was spilled (CBC News). The extent of environmental damage has not been disclosed.
Read CN Railway Derailments, Other Accidents and Incidents for many other examples of CN derailments in Canada and the United States.