|The CP Holiday Train is pictured in Nose Creek Park in Airdrie, Alberta in this December 12, 2012 file photo. (QMI Agency files)
OTTAWA – A CP Rail freight train carrying dangerous goods derailed near Smiths Falls, Ont., Wednesday afternoon, causing headaches for VIA Rail passengers.
The train -- pulling eight cargo containers -- went off the rails just outside of the Smiths Falls railyard shortly after 1:30 p.m. Smith Falls is located 80 kilometres outside of Ottawa.
The train was moving slowly as the cars derailed at a fork in the tracks, and all of the cars remained upright.
Neither of the two crew members were hurt, but one of the containers contained a dangerous material.
Transportation Safety Board officials say it doesn't pose any danger to the public.
"The TSB is deploying to investigate, gather information and assess," said spokesman Chris Krepski.
"One car contained dangerous goods but there were no leaks."
Krepski couldn't confirm what sort of dangerous goods were being transported.
The cleanup continued into the evening, CP officials said.
"Safety is our top priority so every precaution is being taken as we assess the situation before any cleanup happens," said Kevin Hrysak with CP Rail.
"The cause is currently under investigation and CP will be doing a thorough investigation to determine not only the cause but what led to the cause."
VIA Rail train services between Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto were interrupted because of the derailment, with passenger trains stopping in Cornwall and Brockville to unload passengers onto buses to complete their routes.
The derailment forced Via to reroute 10 trains and affected about 800 passengers.