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Crews continue to clean up approximately 30,000 litres of bitumen spilled from a rail tanker after a 13-car derailment on Canadian National Railway’s main line Wednesday evening.
The wreck happened just after 7 p.m. north of Carberry (about 50 kilometres northeast of Brandon) when the cars on the eastbound train went off the rails.
No injuries were reported and CN said the spill was contained.
Crews were sent to the scene to investigate Wednesday night as per CN’s emergency response plan, a CN spokesman said.
The cars were carrying refinery cracking stock, a non-regulated bitumen product.
No waterways have been impacted.
As of early Thursday morning, CN crews had completed repairs to the main track and reopened that track to train traffic at 5 a.m. However, repair work continued on an adjacent siding track later into the day.
The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.
Environment officers from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship are on site and working with CN, a government spokesperson said. An emergency action notice was issued to CN to ensure the material is cleaned up and disposed of appropriately.
The province said environment officers will be monitoring the cleanup efforts.
Robert Adriaansen, reeve of the RM of North Cypress-Langford, said he was notified by CN on Wednesday night and was "quite impressed by their reaction time and how they got everything under control," he said.
The area surrounding the site does include some farmland within a mile, but "there is no concern to them at this time."
Leslie Olmstead, who farms the land nearby, said he was working in his yard when it happened.
"All I heard was the brakes coming on," said the grain and cattle farmer. "They did come on fairly hard, and I did wonder, but I didn’t know it had happened."
He said he isn’t concerned about his farmland, but said, "It’ll be a bit of a mess" as they clean up the wreckage.
"I could smell the oil," he said.
Trains carrying oil products go through that area about once a week, he said.
The Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that it’s reviewing the case to determine if further investigation is required.
CN was the company involved in a fiery derailment on Saturday just outside Gogama in northern Ontario.
In that incident, the track and a bridge were destroyed, and a trace of oil product was found in the mouth of the local river system.
There have been three recent CN Rail derailments in northern Ontario, including two along a 40-kilometre stretch of track about an hour south of Timmins, Ont.
On Wednesday, the federal government proposed tough new standards for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil.
The proposal would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.
Earlier this week, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said the government is concerned about the recent spate of oil-by-rail train derailments in northern Ontario and wants CN to testify in front of the House of Commons transport committee.
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