Monday, November 24, 2014

Wind blows train off tracks

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask.—Canadian Pacific Railway says strong plow winds caused the derailment of a train in southern Saskatchewan last night.
Spokeswoman Salem Woodrow said it happened around 7:30 p.m. east of Waldeck, about 200 km west of Regina.

She said initial reports were that 33 cars were off the tracks, but she didn’t know what the cars were carrying.
There were no injuries, no leaks, and no evacuations.
A plow wind moves along a narrow, straight path and usually is associated with a thunderstorm.
Woodrow said the line was to re-open later today.
Environment Canada meteorologist Ron Paola said there were storms in the area at the time.
Pat Shields of Moose Jaw was driving by the scene.
“There were containers scattered throughout the ditch, probably a good half-mile of [cars] derailed,” Shields told Global Saskatoon.
“It was kind of surreal, it was huge.”
Mounties said the tracks run alongside the Trans-Canada Highway, but no cars or debris from the derailment were on the road.
An officer said traffic eventually would be reduced to one lane so clean-up crews could get equipment to the site.

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