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Train derailment at Waldhof crossing

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) officials have not yet determined the cause of a derailment that took place in Waldhof, 30 kilometres west of Dryden, Jan. 25.

Grain train derailment at Waldhof crossing. Photo by Sarah Madussi

The 111-car train was heading east with a load of grain at around 9:30 a.m. when the incident occurred, Monday. The derailment resulted in the upset of 11 rail cars and their contents.

An observer reporter on the scene also noted damage to the track that appeared to result from the derailment.

CPR spokesperson Mike LoVecchio says no one was injured in the derailment and that the train’s spilled cargo poses no environmental threat at the incident site.

“There’s a crossing blocked in Waldhof, so the first priority right now will be to separate the train and get that crossing open,” said LoVecchio.

At press time, residents in the Waldhof Rd. South area, now blocked at the crossing have been re-routed via Andy Meyers Lodge Rd.

The cleanup effort could take some time, however, as winter storm conditions add complications to the process.

“Obviously with the weather, it’s going to impact response times right across the board,” said LoVecchio.

“I want to stress that there will be no (environmental) impact to the surrounding community. There were no regulated commodities involved – it was all grain. Obviously, we want to get the site cleaned up, get the main line restored and get back to the business of moving freight. We don’t ever assign a timeline for these things. We do it safely and we take all necessary precautions.”

Grain train derailment at Waldhof crossing. Photo by Sarah Madussi

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