Water advisory issued following train derailment

By James Peters / Vanessa Ybarra
January 13, 2017 - 5:34pm Updated: January 15, 2017 - 5:34pm

KAMLOOPS — Interior Health is advising the public not to drink water from the Thompson River for up to 50 kilometers downstream of the site of a train derailment Thursday.

A CP train carrying meta-llurgical coal derailed southwest of Ashcroft Thursday and though no cars ended up in the river, several cars dumped finely-ground coal into the water.

Medical Health Officer Kamran Golmohammadi say while initial water samples have been collected and submitted, it's hard to say when results will be available to the public.

"Usually for water, the general specimens we submit takes about two to four days, but more complex chemical testing on the specimens from train and cargo, might take longer," said Golmohammadi.

According to Interior Health, boiling the water will not help, and those who consume water containing the dust may experience an upset stomach.


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