Train carrying coal derails near Ashcroft

By Chad Harris
January 12, 2017 - 6:17pm Updated: January 15, 2017 - 5:11pm

ASHCROFT, B.C. — A train has derailed just south of Ashcroft.

Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta tells CFJC Today a total of 29 rail cars left the track. Initial reports had indicated 4 cars might have gone into the Thompson River, but later reports indicated that no cars entered the water. However an amount of coal did make its way into the waterway. Just how much has yet to be determined.

CP Rail Public Affairs & Communications Advisor Salem Woodrow told CFJC Today in a news release, "There were no injuries to the crew and no dangerous goods involved. All appropriate emergency notifications have been made. CP takes this incident extremely seriously. CP immediately enacted its emergency response processes and is working to get the appropriate people and equipment to the site."

Woodrow adds the incident happened just after 3:45 p.m. approximately 7 kilometers west of Ashcroft.

The Transportation Safety Board has sent a crew to the Ashcroft area to investigate the incident. 

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