Coal train derailed

A coal train derailed last week, leaving 27 train cars full of coal at the side of the track near Hosmer.

A coal train derailed last week, leaving 27 train cars full of coal at the side of the track near Hosmer.

The cause of the westbound train’s derailment is not yet known, but CP Rail said they will be holding a full investigation.

The cars derailed at about 5:30 on Tuesday morning last week.

“The train was fully loaded with coal and was near Hosmer when the emergency brakes deployed,” said Mike LoVecchio, Senior Manager of media Relations at Canadian Pacific. “The crew brought the train to a safe stop but then when they went to investigate they found that 27 cars had derailed.

“Recovery crews were sent to help out from Kamloops and other areas and were able to get the truck reconstructed within 20 hours.”

LoVecchio said the train was 7,000 ft long and was pulling 112 cars. The cars that had not derailed were pulled back to Sparwood and the 27 derailed cars were dragged fully off the tracks.

“The coal from the 27 cars will be recovered and will continue its journey,” he said.

“Residents in Fernie may notice a few more trains than usual going through town as we try to catch up for lost time.”

There were no injuries and no environmental concern as a result of the incident.

“Safety is our number one priority, and the environment,” said LoVecchio. “But this is also an important piece of track to us as it is the start of the coal loop, so it was important for us to get the track repaired quickly.”

Just Posted

Elkford councillor Joe Zarowny remembered

The District of Elkford today announced the passing of long time councillor,… Continue reading

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Fernie arena tragedy “wake up call” for global refrigeration industry

Technical Safety BC’s incident report shared across 60 countries, reaching as far as Poland

Lake Koocanusa under the microscope

Wildsight, Sierra Club BC, Headwaters Montana and U.S. university launch water sampling program

Province offers support ahead of Fernie arena tragedy anniversary

Loss of three men in workplace incident motivates Labour Minister to make B.C. safer

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Meet the City of Fernie candidates

Voters in Fernie will vote for one Mayor, six Councillors and one School Board Trustee on October 20

Meet the District of Sparwood candidates

Voters in Sparwood will vote for one Mayor and six Councillors on October 20

Meet the District of Elkford candidates

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce will host an All Candidates Forum on October 4

Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation’s 4th-largest

No one has won the U.S. jackpot in almost three months

Pot shop raids “highly unlikely” on Wednesday: head of police chiefs

Dozens of illegal pot stores have operated for years in Vancouver, Victoria and other municipalities in B.C.

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Most Read