Semi-train crash causes smoky derailment near Caron
Close to 20 empty train cars, 2 locomotives derailed in Monday afternoon semi-train collision
Emergency crews responded to the scene of a train collision and derailment near Caron, about 30 kilometres northwest of Moose Jaw Monday afternoon.
Just after 4:00 p.m. CST, a semi collided with a CP train at a marked north-south grid rail crossing west of the community. According to CP Rail, the impact forced close to 20 freight cars and two locomotives to derail.
Flames and black smoke could be seen billowing from the train.
"The flames and smoke that people saw was a result of the impact of the locomotive and the truck trailer, but I don't have information about what was causing that smoke," said Salem Woodrow, spokesperson for Canadian Pacific Rail.
Woodrow said the cars that derailed were empty.
Fire Crews and police from Moose Jaw and Caronport responded to the scene, along with EMS and CP Rail Police.
STARS air ambulance tweeted that it had been dispatched to an emergency in the area around the same time.
The 55-year-old driver of the semi was taken to Moose Jaw Hospital by road ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.
There were no reported injuries to the train crew and RCMP confirm there has been no leak of any hazardous materials.
The intersection is expected to re-open shortly.
RCMP and CP Rail investigators remain on scene as they continue to assess the cause of the crash.