Four CP Rail cars left the tracks on Thursday morning in Estevan, but the derailment didn't cause a leak, a fire or any other significant issues.
The incident occurred about 500 metres to the west of the north Kensington Avenue crossing – not far from Canadian Pacific Railway's transload facility. Local emergency crews quickly converged on the scene, and provided scene assistance and crowd control.
Nobody was injured in the derailment. A couple of businesses on Devonian Street – near the derailment site – had to be evacuated.
“Transport Canada has been notified of the situation, and they're conducting an investigation,” said City of Estevan Emergency Measures coordinator Heather Fornwald. “The City of Estevan is requesting the public's assistance to stay away from the site, to allow for emergency services, and CP Rail, to have access to the site.”
CP Rail and Transport Canada will be investigating the cause of the derailment. They also don't know if the train was travelling to the transload facility, or if it was switching tracks when the derailment occurred.
Estevan Police Chief Paul Ladouceur said the train was travelling at a low rate of speed when it left the tracks.
Fornwald said this was a less severe derailment than the last one in Estevan, which occurred in 2004. In that incident, several cars containing anhydrous ammonium went off the track. Some of those cars suffered leaks, and about 150 residents were evacuated.
“We've been through it before, and we're still following our same protocol with our policies and procedures,” said Fornwald. “Estevan Fire Services and Estevan Police Services were all working together to get the situation under control with CP.”
Further updates will occur as they become available.
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