Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Derailment closes CN mainline for most of Wednesday

Rail traffic on the CN northern mainline is expected to resume by ten o'clock tonight, that after a derailment closed the rail line east of Prince George for the majority of the day, resulting in delays for freight service to the Port of Prince Rupert and the cancellation of a VIA run to Prince Rupert.

Just after 4 am this morning, 16 fully loaded coal cars left the tracks between Jasper and Prince George, leaving crews to work through the day to clear up the spill and return the line to service.

Due to the closure of the line, VIA rail was forced to cancel its service today, passengers will be offered bus service between Jasper and Prince George tomorrow, while those arriving in the interior city by bus today will continue on to Prince Rupert by rail.

No cause for the derailment has been identified as of yet, though an investigation is under way with preliminary findings expected to be released on Thursday.


The Prince George Citizen had posted articles and a video of the derailment site on its website Wednesday.

CN Rail train derailed near Shelley - more details
Video of clean up crews arriving at staging area

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