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article imageCN Rail coal train derailment, Fort Fraser, BC

By Sara Star     Feb 13, 2011 in Environment
Prince George - CN Rail line remains closed 150 km west of Prince George, following a derailment of 36 cars carrying coal last night. The cause is still under investigation.
Earlier reports stated that the train wreck was near Endako, and that the track would be clear by this afternoon. But local resident, Larissa Cormier, who stopped to get photos at 3:30 pm painted a different picture, “The derailment is in Fort Fraser and it looks like it will be a while before they get it cleaned up. They are working quickly.”
250 News reported that the train left the track at approximately 5:30 last night, according to CN Rail spokesperson, Lindsay Fedchyshyn. She added that there were no injuries and no environmental impact.
This follows a series of recent coal-carrying train derailments in the same region. One occured July 21, 2010 ten km east of Prince George involving 16 cars, no injuries reported. Another occurred in McBride Jan 2, 2011, involving 33 cars, no injuries, reported by Canadian Press.
According to the website, CN Rail operates the largest rail network in Canada and is the only transcontinental network in North America. They operate in eight Canadian provinces and 16 U.S. states .
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