CN Rail to resume full service Saturday

Railway workers survey the scene of a 26-car CN train derailment just west of Brockville near the...

Railway workers survey the scene of a 26-car CN train derailment just west of Brockville near the Lyn Road on Thursday morning.(MAXIME LANDRY/QMI Agency)

Alannah Duffy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:15 PM ET

BROCKVILLE, Ont. — Passenger trains will resume full service Saturday morning, two days after a train derailment west of Brockville.

Crews were on site all day Thursday, through the night, and into Friday cleaning up the wreckage after a CN Rail freight train derailed just west of the city.

Twenty-five rail cars went off the tracks, creating a series of delays. Of those, 12 contained fuel residue, five were carrying carbon powder, two were hauling automobiles and six were empty platform cars.

There were small spills of both fuel residue and carbon powder, though they were minor in nature, a CN spokeswoman said.


Railway workers walk the line at the scene of a 26-car CN train derailment just west of Brockville, Ont., on Thursday morning. (DARCY CHEEK/QMI Agency)

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The Brockville Country Club, the closest business to the derailment site, had some carbon powder drift onto its property.

Glenn Singleton, the general manager at the country club, said the spill was near the fourth hole.

"In the early stages, it did get on some of the golfers' feet and on the golf balls," Singleton said.

Carbon powder is used for water filtration and is not harmful to the environment, CN spokeswoman Lindsay Fedchyshyn said.

"When it first happened, there was obviously concern about what was on the train and it turned out there was nothing hazardous,” she said.

The CN Rail track was closed to all traffic on Thursday, but reopened early Friday morning to freight trains.

Via Rail had to bus all of its passengers along the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor to their destinations because of the derailment, which happened at 4:10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Crews are expected to continue work on the cleanup effort all weekend.

"We'll be there for a while," said Fedchyshyn. "There's still a lot of debris and things to remove.”

alanah.duffy@sunmedia.ca


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