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No injuries reported after 26 CN railcars derail in Fraser-Fort George, B.C.

CN is investigating the cause of a train derailment in Fraser-Fort George, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 26. 2019. Dónal O'Beirne, Courtesy

CN crews responded to a train derailment in eastern British Columbia on Thursday morning.

According to CN media relations senior advisor Alexandre Boulé, 26 railcars derailed in multiple positions in Fraser-Fort George, B.C., about 30 kilometres east of Mount Robson.

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There were no injuries, no fires and no railcars were carrying dangerous goods, Boulé said.

Boulé said the train was carrying potash and one or two cars were partially submerged in Moose Lake.

“CN’s environmental experts are presently assessing with government authorities any possible impacts to the environment,” he added.

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Dónal O’Beirne told Global News he was driving through Mount Robson Provincial Park when he came across the derailment.

“We were just halfway down Moose Lake, just past the overpass, and we came across a pretty major CN rail derailment,” O’Beirne said.

“The track was pretty torn up and there was at least one grain car in the lake itself.”

Moose Lake in B.C. is about 61 kilometres west of Jasper, Alta.

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O’Beirne credited the work of the CN crews on scene.

“The health and safety people were making sure that ‘lookie-loos’ like me were kept on moving,” he said.

“They weren’t stopping on the side of the road and taking photos. They were really focused on the safety of the situation, the safety of the scene.”

Boulé said the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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