Crews responded to a train derailment 75 kilometres west of Terrace on Nov. 15.

Train derails east of Prince Rupert

CN Rail investigators and the Transportation Safety Board are probing why a train derailed near Prince Rupert early Saturday.

  • Nov. 17, 2014 7:00 p.m.

CN Rail investigators and the Transportation Safety Board are probing why a train derailed near Prince Rupert 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. on Nov. 15, about 50 kilometres east of Prince Rupert, said CN Rail spokesperson Emily Hamer, regional manager CN public and government affairs B.C.

“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. on Nov. 16, she added.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada announced Saturday it was sending a team of investigators to the derailment site.

“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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