Saturday, January 20, 2018

Clean up continues along CN Line near New Hazelton following coal train derailment

CN Rail is attending to the derailment of a coal train near
the community of New Hazelton
Map from BC Gov't Environmental Emergency Program)

Work crews continue to clean up a site along the CN main line near New Hazelton after A CN Coal train bound for Prince Rupert derailed Friday morning near the Highway 16 overpass close to the community.

Reports from the region noted that several of the 27 cars transporting coal to Prince Rupert had lost some of their load along the rail line, there were no reports of injuries and CN has advised that there were no dangerous goods involved in the incident.

CN Officials continue to investigate the nature of the derailment.

No updates related to the work to clear the track, or any impact of service to and from the Port of Prince Rupert  have been posted through any of the Railway's information options to this point.

Environmental groups in the region however have raised some concerns over any potential impact of the spill into Mission creek in the area. With the Skeena Watershed Coalition  posting photos and outlining their concerns related to the incident through their Facebook page.

The scene from Friday's coal train derailment
near New Hazelton

(photo from BC Gov't)
The Provincial Government' Environmental Emergency Program has launched an Update page review their latest notes here.
related to the New Hazelton derailment, you can

This marks the second significant derailment in the Bulkley Valley region in recent weeks, in early December an empty coal train derailed in an area north of Smithers.

Following the December incident, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen took note of the need for more equipment and training along the Norther rail corridor, observing that traffic levels are set to increase as two LPG Terminal projects move forward in the Prince Rupert area.

For a look at some of the coverage of the New Hazelton derailment see the notes below:

New Hazelton train derailment
Train derailment near New Hazelton
CN Train derails near New Hazelton
Train derailment near New Hazelton

More items of interest related to CN Rail operations in the Northwest can be found on our archive page.

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