Bridge derailment takes out CN mainline in Alberta

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WAINWRIGHT, Alberta — Canadian National’s mainline between Edmonton, Alta., and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, after a derailment on a bridge Tuesday afternoon. A second derailment has already been cleaned up.

CN representative Kate Fenske tells Trains News Wire that clean-up crews are still working on a derailment nine miles west of Wainwright, when 13 cars of a westbound intermodal train derailed on the Fabyan bridge about 5:40 p.m. local time Tuesday.

“A set of wheels on a locomotive at the end of the train also derailed on the bridge. The locomotive remains upright on the bridge,” Fenske says. “CN crews are working to remove the derailed cars from the bridge embankment and the locomotive from the bridge. Crews will also be inspecting the Fabyan rail bridge to determine what repairs are needed.”

Fenske says that the railroad is diverting certain trains to the parallel Prairie North Line while crews work on clean-up and until bridge inspectors can review the scene.

Little less than an hour earlier, 67 cars of a northbound CN intermodal train derailed near Huxley, Alta., about 4:45 p.m. local time. The CN representative says the railroad has already cleared and repaired the line for through traffic to resume.

Fenske stopped short of blaming the derailments on wind, though she says high winds were present at both events.
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