Train derailment sends man to hospital

Times-Herald Staff
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The driver of the tractor-trailer, which RCMP have identified as a 55-year-old male, was transported the Moose Jaw Union Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

STARS Air Ambulance attended the scene, but according to the RCMP, the man was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

The accident "occurred at a level crossing and there was a truck on the crossing when the train came through," said Rod Appleby, fire chief of the Caronport Fire Department.

Salem Woodrow, a CP spokesperson, said no crew members on the train were injured.

"We would like to stress this is a third party cause. The focus of the investigation is what led this tractor-trailer into the crossing," said Woodrow.

She told the Times-Herald that 21 empty cars and two locomotives went off the tracks, most of which were empty when the collision occurred.

As such, an RCMP news release stated that there is “no leak of any hazardous materials” as a result of the incident.

The tractor-trailer was, however, set on fire because of the collision, but the Caronport Fire Department immediately put it out. 

The collision occurred at a rural road with adjacent signs indicating it was a railway crossing.

Members of the Moose Jaw Fire Department and Moose Jaw EMS also attended the scene.

RCMP and CP police are jointly investigating the cause of the crash.

For further information regarding the derailment go to www.mjtimes.sk.ca, or pick up future issues of the Times-Herald.

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or on Twitter @Mickey_MJTimes.

– With Files from Nathan Liewicki

Organizations: Caronport Fire Department, The Times-Herald, Canadian Pacific Railway RCMP

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