Officials probe derailment
Published: December 5th 2007

A train derailment sent 28 cars into the ditch east of Sherwood Park early yesterday.

The cars went off the rails close to the Antler Lake subdivision in southeast Strathcona County.

"The incident is under investigation by CN and the Transportation Safety Board," said Canadian National spokesman Kevin Franchuk.

The eastbound freight train with two locomotives and 113 cars jumped the rails at the entrance to the rural subdivision, 22 km east of Edmonton around 2:40 a.m. Franchuk said 28 cars left the rails and spilled onto CN's right-of-way but not onto any nearby private property.

No one was injured.

None of the derailed cars was carrying hazardous materials. The cars carried freight such as pipes, lumber and pulp, Franchuk said.

The wreckage included a tanker that had last been used to haul gasoline, leaving three to five litres of gasoline on the ground. Alberta Environment was notified of the spill, which was contained.

Last month, a CN train derailed with one car leaving the tracks near Hinton. In October, two CN trains sideswiped each other near Edson, causing 36 cars to leave the tracks.

And in August 2005, a CN train derailed by Lake Wabamun, spilling 700,000 litres of bunker oil and 88,000 litres of toxic wood preservative.