CN train derailment in Sisson Ridge poses no public risk, EMO says
EMO director Greg MacCallum says 1 of 8 train cars is carrying petroleum but it isn't leaking after derailment
An investigation is underway in northwestern New Brunswick following a train derailment that saw about eight cars jump the track in the remote area of Sisson Ridge near Plaster Rock on Monday morning.
Greg MacCallum, the director of the province's Emergency Measures Organization, said the minor train derailment happened at 9:55 a.m.
Of the eight cars that derailed, MacCallum said one car was carrying petroleum.
"There is no public safety implications. There is no risk to the public," MacCallum said.
"It is, in effect, a derailment where the cars have left the tracks, in whole or in part, but nothing has rolled over or burst open or anything like that. … it is more of a train fender-bender."
McCallum said CN, the train operator, and all of the relevant provincial agencies are monitoring the derailment.
There were no injuries and heavy equipment is heading to the area to get the train cars back on the tracks and to check if the tracks were damaged.
Patrick Waldon, a public affairs official with CN, said in an emailed statement the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Premier Brian Gallant spoke to reporters earlier on Monday and confirmed that nothing was leaking from the train.
"Up to now there seems to be no substance that would be leaking from the derailment," Gallant said.
"We are going to continue to monitor the situation of course and let you know if there are any changes to that."