Train derailed in BC due to track washing in storm


Landslides and flash floods reported across southern British Columbia during a violent landfall also affected a national rail line over the weekend.

A photo sent to CTV News shows a Canada National Railways train partially derailed on Sunday.

CN confirmed there had been “several landslides and drifts” in the Fraser River Valley that day due to heavy rain.

One of these washouts resulted in a partial derailment, the spokesperson said. Two carriages have come off the tracks, as shown in the photo.

CN said the derailment happened around 6:30 p.m. in its Yale subdivision. It’s not clear exactly where the train went off the tracks, but the unincorporated town of Yale, BC, is located near the head of Fraser Canyon, about 25 kilometers north of Hope. It is also north of Haig, where Monday’s landslide left several drivers stranded on the Trans-Canada Highway.

A spokesman for Canadian Pacific Rail said the derailment was on CP’s rail network, and somewhere north of Yale.

Fortunately, CN and CP said that no one was injured in the incident.

CN added, there is no fire, no dangerous goods.

According to CP, teams were dispatched to the site immediately. CN said its teams also plan to visit the site, but are waiting for “conditions to stabilize” before their work can begin. Railways said that when they are able to reach the scene, their work will involve construction efforts, but it is not yet clear the extent of the damage in the incident.

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