Risk to public 'low' after freight train derails in Kingston, Ont., city says
No injuries when 'several cars' on way to factory left tracks west of downtown
- The westbound lanes of Bath Road reopened Thursday around 5 p.m.
- Pedestrians can use the north sidewalk while CN repairs the south sidewalk.
Municipal officials in Kingston, Ont., say there's no immediate danger to the public after several cargo train cars left the tracks on the city's west side Wednesday morning.
The derailment occurred near Bath Road between Armstrong and Queen Mary roads at about 11:10 a.m. ET, and led Kingston police to urge people in the area to stay indoors.
Bath Road, the main east-west thoroughfare to and from downtown, is still closed after the derailment between Armstrong and Queen Mary roads.
Kingston police are asking pedestrians to avoid the area.
<a href="https://twitter.com/MIHomeYGK?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MIHomeYGK</a> train just derailed at bath Rd going to invista <a href="https://t.co/fI8Rns8kYh">pic.twitter.com/fI8Rns8kYh</a>—@Swiftd1546
In an update early Wednesday afternoon, the city said in a tweet that a "food-grade product" spilled onto the tracks, and the risk to the public was low.
The spill had also been confined, officials said.
2/3 Officials say risk to the public is low after a food grade product spilled onto the tracks. The spill is confined to one area. The City’s environmental services team is monitoring the situation. Queen Mary Road was temporarily closed but has been reopened. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ygk?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ygk</a>—@cityofkingston
The city's update came after Kingston Police told people nearby to stay inside and avoid walking or driving in the area while specialists assessed what chemicals — if any — were being carried by the overturned rail cars.
At 4 p.m. ET, police said people could once again go outside, although they urged them to stay away from the crash site.
Nobody was injured in the derailment, said Const. Ash Gutheinz.
CN, city monitoring situation
This track is a spur off the main freight line that carries products to and from the Invista factory on the waterfront. The plant produces nylon products such as fabrics and other material.
Canadian National Railway said the train belongs to the company, and crews are heading to the site of the incident.
The City of Kingston's environmental services team is also monitoring the derailment.
With files from The Canadian Press