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UPDATE: CN says train derailment involved 16 cars, cause still under investigation

CN says the train derailment near St. Albert this morning included 16 railcars, most of which were empty while some were carrying diesel.
16 train cars came off the tracks in Sturgeon County near Poundmaker Road early this morning. JACK FARRELL/St. Albert Gazette

The Canadian National Railway, or simply CN, says crews are still investigating what caused a partial freight train derailment just east of St. Albert this morning near Poundmaker Road.

In a statement provided to the Gazette, the company says the derailment involved 16 railcars, nine of which were empty boxcars while the remaining seven were diesel tankers loaded with fuel.

SEE ALSO: Photos: Train derailment near the border of St. Albert and Sturgeon County

“There are no reports of injuries, leaks, or fires,” the statement reads. “The cause of the incident remains under investigation.”

“CN wishes to thank local emergency services for their assistance.”

St. Albert RCMP, as well as fire crews from St. Albert and Sturgeon County arrived at the site of the derailment just east of St. Albert's boundary in Sturgeon County around 7:00 a.m. this morning. The derailment could only be seen from Range Road 251 in the county.

Also on scene were officers with CN's own private police service.

Many of the train cars that did not derail were adjacent to Veness Road in St. Albert's Campbell Business Park. The section of the train still standing had been removed by 3:30 p.m..

Jack Farrell

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Jack Farrell joined the St. Albert Gazette in May, 2022.
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