37 tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed near St-Lazare
Investigators say at least one million litres of crude oil was spilled when a train derailed last month in western Manitoba.
According to Global News, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) says the spill was mostly contained in a low-lying area next to the track, and it’s too early to comment on the environmental impact.
On Feb. 16, 110 tanker cars loaded with petroleum crude oil, was travelling east at about 49 mph when it experienced a train-initiated emergency brake application.
37 cars derailed at 3:30 a.m. by the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border near St. Lazare.
The TSB says 16 of the cars sustained breaches.
The agency says the investigation is ongoing and some track components and wheel sets are being examined for failure analysis.
CN said the leak did not penetrate the Assiniboine River.
There were no reports of injuries or fires.
CN resumed operations on the mainline the following day of the derailment.