Continued highway delays while Deacons Corner train derailment clean up continues

Crews inspect the damage after a train derailed near Deacon's Corner, east of Winnipeg, Thursday. Michael Draven/Global News

Heading out east to the lake this long weekend? It will take a little longer than usual.

Eastbound traffic on Highway 1 East is down to a single lane while the clean up of a train derailment east of Deacons Corner continues.

Traffic was backed up for approximately five kilometres Friday at noon.

A CN train went off the tracks just east of Winnipeg Thursday afternoon.

The Rural Municipality of Springfield Fire Department and RCMP confirmed a train derailed roughly three kilometres east of Deacons Corner near the Trans-Canada Highway.

Several train cars derailed near Deacons Corner Thursday. Submitted/Jerry Reimer

A spokesperson from CN said 26 cars carrying potash derailed and no dangerous goods were involved.

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Emergency crews at the derailment. Michael Draven/Global News

The company says the derailment caused a minor fire, but no injuries were reported.

Emergency crews including fire, EMS, RCMP and CN Police, were all on scene.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

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— With files from Kevin Hirschfield, William Reimer and Erik Pindera

Several train cars derailed. Jerry Reimer/Submitted


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