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Derailed coal quickly being cleaned up
Source: The Minot Daily News
Published: December 26th 2007
ANAMOOSE — While the wreckage from a train derailment
just west of Anamoose is being quickly cleaned up and the tracks are
almost ready for rail traffic, the investigation into how the accident
happened is just getting started.
A 118-car Canadian Pacific Railway train was eastbound around 3:45 a.m.
Sunday when 39 of its coal cars derailed. Although the area was quite a
mess with tipped cars and spilled coal, there were no injuries reported.
Breanne Feigel, CP Rail spokesperson, said the investigation is in its
early stages and will probably take several months to complete. CP Rail
takes the incident very seriously, Feigel said, and they are going to
look at everything and not rush the investigation. Rail officials will
be gathering evidence at the scene, talking to crews and studying the
locomotive’s event recorder to determine a cause for the accident.
“We have good teams in place to efficiently work on the investigation
portion and clean up on site,” Feigel said.
The scene was quite a mess, but Feigel said the cleanup was progressing
smoothly and that the tracks should reopen around 4 p.m. Monday.
Although quite a bit of coal was spilled — Feigel didn’t know exactly
how much — she said it posed no hazard to the environment or the public.
“A lot of work has progressed, and it’s all progressed safely,” she
said. “No injuries, no environmental issues, no public safety concerns.”
Feigel did not have the details on exactly how much damage was caused to
the track and cars.
There was some suspended train traffic on Sunday, but Feigel said all of
CP Rail’s affected customers have been notified and the delays are
minor. Although the tracks should be open by Monday afternoon, Feigel
said not to expect any trains until Wednesday because of the holiday.
“You won’t see any trains running on that track today (Monday) or
tomorrow as we operate 364 days a year,” Feigel said. “Our line is
closed on Christmas Day for the holiday so everyone can take a much
She noted that the timing of the accident and the quick work of the
cleanup crews allowed CP Rail to avoid any significant impact to its
A steady stream of onlookers visited the site Monday morning to check
out what was going on. Large piles of coal dotted the area as a piece of
heavy equipment lifted massive axles and set them neatly in place
alongside the tracks. Dozens of damaged cars — some twisted so severely
it looked like a tornado ripped through the train — were lined up in
rows awaiting removal. From a distance, the cleanup crew members looked
like ants in orange vests next to the heavy equipment and piles of coal
that towered over them.
As one onlooker said, despite the mess, at least nobody was injured –
especially this close to Christmas.