Clean-up continues for CN train that derailed into British Columbia lake

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Owen Laukkanen
A view from a July 11 freight train derailment near Pemberton, British Columbia. No injuries were reported.
PEMBERTON, British Columbia — Canadian National clean-up crews may have an 11-car derailment cleared as soon as Friday.

The derailment, on Canadian National’s Squamish Subdivision, put two boxcars into tiny Gates Lake, 113 miles north of Vancouver, at approximately 4:15 p.m. July 11. No injuries were reported.

Southbound train L570 — the daily Prince George to Squamish, B.C., train — cleared the summit on the heavy grade between D’Arcy and Pemberton, but derailed 11 pulpwood hauling boxcars, two of which toppled into the lake. Residents of the nearby village of Birken used speedboats to wrangle and secure at least one floating boxcar. In 2017, a derailment on the same curve put five center-beam flat cars into the water.

A CN representative says crews are working to re-rail and remove the cars involved in the derailment. The work is expected to continue at least through Friday, June 13.

“We will be reviewing all factors that could have led to the incident, including review of train movements, track conditions and the train’s equipment,” the representative tells Trains News Wire.

The train derailed near milepost 113 on the Squamish Subdivision just north of Birken siding. The train had two locomotives on the head-end and two locomotives operating as mid-train distributed power units.

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