CP train derails in suburban Montreal

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MONTREAL — Five cars of a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed Monday night near Montreal, briefly pinning one crewman in a ditch and preventing commuter trains from stopping at one station on Tuesday morning.

The Montreal-bound train of more 50 cars derailed at approximately 11:30 p.m. at Milepost 35.8 on CP’s Adirondack Subdivision, adjacent to the Canadian Railway Museum in St. Constant, Quebec. The crewman who was pinned under one of the derailed cars was not injured after leaping into a trackside ditch in a bid to escape injury during a set-out.

Service on the EXO Candiac commuter line operated as usual, but trains did not stop at the St. Catherine Station because of a crossover blocked by the stopped freight train. (EXO is the recent rebranding of the service previously known as AMT, Agencie metropolitaine de transport.)

Representatives of the CP Police, Transport Canada, and the Transportation Safety Board were on scene by morning light to conduct their respective investigations, with assistance from the local Roussillion police force.

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