Rail cars go off track

A CN crew spent more than a day clearing and then making repairs to its track following a derailment near Cedarvale April 19.

  • Apr. 29, 2013 12:00 p.m.

A CN crew spent more than a day clearing and then making repairs to its track following a derailment near Cedarvale in the early morning hours of April 19.

As many as 10 storage units, stacked two-high on flatbed cars, went off the tracks on a section of line running alongside the Skeena River.

The official investigation is continuing, says CN official Emily Hamer.

Residents of the area reported hearing a loud bang around the time of the derailment.

Large light units were installed and heavy equipment brought in to cope with the derailment which temporarily closed traffic on CN’s line.

“The cars derailed upright and were then moved off the track in order to re-open the line to rail traffic,” said Hamer. “Some containers loaded on the cars did spill onto the right-of-way and down the bank when they were moved off the track, but they did not fall into the river.”

She said traffic was restored early April 20.

The units were carrying household goods and no dangerous goods were involved.

There were also no injuries, said Hamer.

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