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Two sent to hospital after train derailment east of Revelstoke

There have been two train derailments in 24 hours in Southeastern BC
Two CPKC crew members were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a four-car derailment near Revelstoke on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

A train derailment east of Revelstoke resulted in two crew members being sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident occurred approximately 13 kilometres outside of Revelstoke around 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

Four rail cars carrying grain derailed when they made contact with a stopped train, explained Canadian Pacific Kansas City spokesperson Terry Cunha in a statement to the media.

Cunha said one of the crew members has been released from hospital.

Revelstoke Fire Chief Steven De Rousie said the department received a call around 10:15 p.m. from dispatch, questioning if the incident fell within fire department’s service area.

“Because of our fire protection area, we’re not permitted to send the city fire [department] beyond the boundaries… we were unable to provide a fire response to that,” said De Rousie.

De Rousie said some citizens were worried about Revelstoke’s water supply.

“As far as I’m aware, there was no threat to the city’s water supply,” said De Rousie.

CPKC said it had crews at the derailment site working on clean up, and that a related fire had been extinguished.

In a phone interview, Transportation Safety Board (TSB) ccommunications coordinator Liam MacDonald said they were still monitoring the incident but had not deployed investigators.

The TSB was, however, investigating a separate train incident that occurred in Field on Saturday, Feb. 17.

“It was reported to us that there was a parked train on the main track… the second train was passing through a siding to pass the main train and during that passing it derailed and several cars had derailed upright, some of them leaning onto the parked train,” said MacDonald.

MacDonad said there were no reports of fires or leaked dangerous goods, but the TSB was deploying two investigators to the site to assess the situation.

This story will continue to be updated.

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