Derailment site clean-up continues

Duane Hicks

CN crews, including senior officers in operations, environment and dangerous goods, remain on site and are progressing with the clean-up of Friday’s derailment near Barwick.
A total of 14 cars on the eastbound mixed freight train derailed around 5 p.m. Friday, including cars carrying grain and cars carrying combustible liquid.
One derailed car carrying combustible liquid leaked product.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change reported the car is estimated to have spilled approximately 10,000-12,000 gallons of petroleum distillates.
At this time, the spill is not expected to threaten surface waters, including the Rainy River.
Containment booms have been put in place to keep the spill from migrating and a vacuum truck is on site to capture the liquid.
The leak was stopped Friday night and CN environment crews are working to remediate the spilled product.
CN crews will continue working on derailment clean up and repairs today.
A fire started near the site on Saturday. A source reports that it was caused by sparks from a chop saw used to cut a broken rail.
The Nordbord mill was shut down Friday and about 60 Barwick residences were evacuated due to the derailment and spill.
The Emo-La Vallee Arena was set up as an emergency shelter.
Local emergency response officials lifted the evacuation order Saturday.
The cause of the incident remains under investigation.