CP train derails near Hells Gate in Fraser Canyon

By Global BC / James Peters
November 24, 2017 - 2:41pm Updated: November 24, 2017 - 5:06pm

HELLS GATE, B.C. — Crews are on scene near Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon, where a CP Rail train derailed and leaked some fuel.

The derailment happened at about 12:55 a.m. Thursday, and Emergency Management BC (EMBC) says an environmental emergency response officer been deployed.

On Thursday, crews discovered a hole in the vent line of the train engine’s diesel fuel tank.

It has now been patched up but fuel did manage to leak over a steep bank into the Fraser River, said EMBC.

Officials said crews are working to assess how much fuel was spilled and the environmental impacts.

According to a statement from CP Rail, there is no threat to public safety.

CFJC Today has received word there were three CP employees on board the train at the time of the derailment, but their conditions are not known.

One of the empty grain cars laying on top of the train’s engine was removed on Thursday, and crews are working to remove the second according to EMBC.

The province said affected First Nations have been updated on the situation, and will continue to be notified of ongoing response actions.

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