December 28, 2014 3:11 pm
Updated: December 28, 2014 4:31 pm

Cleanup continues after CP Rail train derailment near Banff

A Canadian Pacific Railway freight train derailed west of Banff, at about 2 a.m. on Friday, December 26th, 2014.

Jenna Freeman, Global News

EDMONTON – Cleanup work continues on a train derailment in Alberta that sent a number of cars tumbling into a creek west of Banff.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development says most of the rail cars from the CP Rail train, as well as debris, have been removed from 40 Mile Creek.

Provincial environment officials say the focus now is clearing any leaked material from the shore of the creek, which flows into the Bow River.

Fifteen cars on the westbound train left the tracks early Friday morning carrying lentils and fly ash, an ingredient in concrete. Neither is considered hazardous, but officials say the fly ash could affect the creek’s p-H levels or pile up as sediment.

The railway said in an email that it is working with Parks Canada and other environmental authorities to ensure the cleanup and any necessary remediation in the area is “timely and appropriate.”



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