Clean-up ongoing after derailment
CN crews continue to clean up the site of a 35-car derailment that occurred Friday around 3:30 p.m. within Alberton Township, about five km west of Fort Frances.
The eastbound train, coming from Manitoba and heading into the U.S., consisted of three locomotives and 168 cars in total.
“We do have potash on the ground and that will be cleaned up,” Jim Feeny, director of Public & Government Affairs for CN, told the Times.
“The potash spill has been contained and we will be testing to make sure there are no effects.
“There was a very minor amount of sulphur that splashed out of one car but it didn’t really hit the ground—it’s really on the car,” added Feeny.
Feeny said clean-up work is underway but there is no estimate on how long it will take.
“It’s a very swampy area so we’re working with that,” he remarked.
There were no injuries resulting from the derailment.
A grass fire also was reported in the area resulting from the derailment.
Local fire officials were on site to extinguish the blaze.
The cause of the incident is under investigation by Transportation Safety Board officials.
The derailment also caused a temporary closure of Highway 11/71 on Friday afternoon, with the public asked to use Highway 602 or Highway 611 North via Frog Creek Road to by-pass area.
Highway 11/71 was re-opened to traffic by 4:30 p.m.