Derailed train removed from Stoney Creek Bridge

It took three days to removed a derailed train from the Stoney Creek Bridge; track repair is now underway.

A train that derailed on the Stoney Creek Bridge in Glacier National Park on Tuesday has been removed, CP Rail says.

Salem Woodrow, a spokesperson for the railway, said the five empty flat cars that derailed were removed overnight and that repairs to the track were now taking place.

The trail derailed when five empty cars jumped the track on the bridge on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at around 5:30 a.m.

It took almost three days for the cars to be removed.

“This is a remote location and it did take time to fully evaluate the situation and ensure that we had the proper equipment in place to manage the incident safely,” Woodrow said.

A request for further details on how the cars were removed from the bridge was denied, as was a request for photos.

The Stoney Creek Bridge is located at the east end of Glacier National Park. It is 200 metres long and sits 90 metres above the creek. When it was originally built in 1885 it was the highest railway bridge in the world.

Woodrow said no one was injured, nothing was spilled and there were no public safety concerns.

The Transportation Safety Board said they were investigating the derailment. They also expressed concerns at the fact the derailment wasn’t reported until the following day.

 

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