A westbound CN train carrying paper products derailed about 75 km west of Terrace

CN Rail investigates derailment near Terrace, B.C.

Train was carrying paper products and no one was injured

  • Nov. 17, 2014 12:00 p.m.

CN Rail investigators and the Transportation Safety Board are probing why a train detailed near Terrace last Saturday early in the morning.

Twenty-six intermodal rail cars on a westbound CN intermodal train derailed and the second wheels on the second locomotive also derailed just after 7 a.m. Nov. 15, about 50 km east of Prince Rupert, said CN Rail spokesperson Emily Hamer, regional manager CN public and government affairs BC Nov. 17.

“There were no injuries and no dangerous goods involved,” she said, adding that the locomotive remained upright and the rail cars were carrying lumber, distiller grain, pulp and rolls of paper.

The derailment only caused a minimal disruption to operations, said Hamer.

The tracks had been cleared by crews and the line reopened at 7 a.m. Nov. 16, she added.

Intermodal refers to a type of rail car carrying goods such as household goods or rolls of paper and pulp.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada announced Saturday it was sending a team of investigators to the derailment site, about 75 km west of Terrace.

“We will be doing a full investigation into this that will involve a final report that’ll take some time to generate,” said Chris Krepski, TSB spokesperson.

“We’re still at the data gathering stage.”

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