CP Rail train derails east of Saskatoon
17 cars derailed, railway crews continuing to clean up today
- Main line still closed but adjacent siding reopened
- CP now says 17 cars derailed, rather than 11
- Repair crews still on scene
Canadian Pacific crews are still on the scene of a 17-car train derailment that happened east of Saskatoon on Wednesday.
They have been working through the night to clear the tracks, and reopened a siding adjacent to the crash at 12:30 a.m. CST Thursday. Work continues on repairs and safety inspections of the main line, according to a CP spokesperson.
At around 3:45 p.m. CST, a westbound freight train derailed about 16 kilometres east of Saskatoon. A dozen of the cars were empty; the other five were carrying cement.
A CP spokesperson initially said there were 11 cars which had derailed, but on Thursday morning updated that number to 17. She said there were no injuries and no reports of any hazardous leaks or fires.
CP said once the derailment occurred, it immediately enacted its emergency response process to get teams and equipment to the site. Local and government officials and agencies have been notified.
A full investigation will take place into the cause of the incident.