20 train cars derail between Banff, Alberta and Field, B.C.: TSB


The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating following a train derailment between Banff, Alta., and Field, B.C., on Thursday.The government agency said no injuries were reported.The TSB said it was notified of the incident at 8:20 p.m. Chris Krepski, a spokesperson for the government agency, told Global News that 20 cars derailed on Mile 87 at the Laggan Subdivision.Story continues below

According to initial reports, 10 of the cars that derailed were empty while the other 10 cars were loaded with grain, the TSB said. The agency confirmed no dangerous goods were involved.READ MORE: About 40 derailed train cars leaking crude oil near Manitoba town of St. LazareThe TSB said the site of the derailment was difficult to access and so it was gathering information remotely. A determination has yet to be made whether its investigators will be sent to the site, the agency said.Typically, the railway involved is responsible for clearing the tracks and the accident site, the TSB said. The incident was reported to the TSB by Canadian Pacific Railway.CP Rail issued a statement to Global News late Thursday night.“At approximately 4:30 p.m. MT, a CP freight train derailed west of Banff,” the company said. “There were no injuries and there are no public safety concerns. CP immediately dispatched teams to the site.“The cause of the incident is under investigation.”

A photo taken near the site of a train derailment west of Banff, Alta., on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

A photo taken near the site of a train derailment west of Banff, Alta., on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.Jayme Doll/ Global NewsWhen contacted about the derailment, a representative with the Teamsters union that represents some Canadian rail workers told Global News of a close call near Field on Wednesday night. The union said a locomotive engineer had to use emergency brakes because the regular air brakes didn’t function properly. The TSB confirmed it was investigating an “occurrence” on Wednesday night but did not elaborate.Earlier this month, three CP Railway employees from Calgary were killed in major train derailment near Field. The rail line was closed following the incident but reopened on Feb. 6.READ MORE: Rail line through Field, B.C. reopens after train derailment kills 3 workersWatch below: (From Feb. 4, 2019) Three crew members of a Canadian Pacific Railway train were killed Monday after a derailment in Yoho National Park. Nancy Hixt reports.

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