British Columbia

Bridge repairs underway near Hope, B.C., after 60-car CP train derailment

A team of contractors and environmental experts has begun removing potash and freight cars from the site of a derailment involving a Canadian Pacific freight train near Hope, B.C., on Monday. No one was hurt in the incident.

Train jumped the tracks at a bridge near Hope on Monday

Officials stands near the wreckage of a train carrying potash that derailed near Hope, B.C., on Monday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

CN Rail says work is now underway to recover the 60 freight cars from a CP train that derailed off a bridge Monday about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver.

The derailment occurred along a narrow stretch of railway hemmed between rivers and mountains where CN and CP share tracks in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

A statement from the company says the damaged cars from the Canadian Pacific train are being removed from the site and repair work is underway on the bridge near Hope, B.C.

The CP freight train was hauling potash, a non-hazardous, potassium-rich type of salt, when the cars left the bridge, dumping some of the material into a nearby creek.

No one was hurt when about 60 cars jumped the tracks early Monday.

CN said the potash — used in fertilizer, soap and some food products — went into the creek but the spill has been contained. 

A vacuum truck was on the site almost immediately following the spill.

Officials walk past the wreckage where around 60 cars came off the rails near Hope, B.C., on Monday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

A statement from the company said water monitoring is underway and containment barriers are in place on the creek.

The Transportation Safety Board said Monday its investigators were gathering information to assess what happened.

The rail cars were carrying potash, potassium-laden salts used in fertilizer, soap and some food products. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

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