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UPDATE: CP freight train derailment at Mount Macdonald Tunnel, investigation ongoing

A Canadian Pacific train with cargo in tow derailed near Glacier Station on Feb. 5
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UPDATE:

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) have given an update on the train derailment that occurred in Rogers Pass on Feb. 5.

According to the TSB, at the time of the incident, the train was westbound through the Mount MacDonald Tunnel when 11 freight cars began to lean, leading to the derailment of the train.

Mount MacDonald Tunnel is approximately 14 km long, the longest railway tunnel in the western hemisphere, and it’s unclear at what point in the tunnel that the train derailed.

Local authorities were not at the scene of the incident. The TSB reiterated the fact that there were no reported injuries in the derailment.

The TSB continue to investigate the incident alongside representatives from CP Rail.

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ORIGINAL:

A Canadian Pacific (CP) train carrying cargo derailed in Rogers Pass.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 5) a CP freight train carrying shipping containers derailed near Glacier Station in Rogers Pass, approximately 60 km east of Revelstoke.

According to CP, nobody was injured in the incident and the shipping containers weren’t carrying anything deemed ‘dangerous’.

The cause of the incident is not known at this time, and is currently being investigated by CP.

CP personnel and equipment are currently on-site conducting repairs at the scene of the incident.

In 2017 a CP train accident occurred at approximately the same location when a freight train struck a backhoe which was operating on the tracks. The Transportation Safety Board released a report on that incident roughly two years later in 2019.

READ MORE: Lack of communication between CP workers cause of 2017 railway accident says report

More to come.

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