Train collides with semi, derails west of Mortlach

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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No reports of ammonia spills

A CP Rail train collided with a semi trailer just west of Mortlach on Tuesday afternoon.

RCMP had set up a barricade around a crash site on Jan. 21. Times-Herald file photo

Moose Jaw RCMP and Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail police repsonded to the incidient at around 4:20 p.m., which occured at an uncontrolled crossing just south of Highway 1 on Grid 627.

According to the RCMP, the semi trailer transporting canola was travelling in the northbound lane of the grid road. It was part way across the rail crossing when the eastbound train collided with the trailer portion of the semi unit. 

The driver of the semi was taken to the the Moose Jaw Union Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was the only occupant in the semi trailer's cab.

Two engines and 32 rail cars came off the track as a result of the collision, but they all landed upright and are stable. 

The train was carrying many things, including anhydrous ammonia. As of 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials on scene report there have been no chemical leaks from any of the rail cars, nor do they anticpate there being any leaks discovered. 

RCMP, CP Police and CP Emergency Management personnel remain on scene as they continue to investigate the collision which has resulted in considerable damage to the rail line. 

Crews are expected to be on scene for some time in order to complete the necessary repairs.

No traffic issues on Highway 1 have resulted from the collision, but RCMP are warning drivers to avoid Grid 627, which remains closed for five kilometres south of Highway 1.

Organizations: RCMP, Canadian Pacific, Moose Jaw Union Hospital CP Emergency Management personnel

Geographic location: Mortlach, Moose Jaw RCMP

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