Highway 39 closed near Rouleau, Sask. following train derailment

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WATCH: A CP Rail train derailed on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, near Rouleau, Sask. – Mar 16, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct approximate time of the train derailment.

Highway 39 is expected to be closed for several hours near Rouleau, Sask., after a train derailment occurred.

Saskatchewan RCMP said officers with the Milestone detachment are on scene and there are no reported injuries.

An RCMP statement added the derailment did not occur at a level crossing.

A CP Rail spokesperson added there are no public safety concerns in a statement to Global News.

CP Rail said the freight train derailed between Rouleau and Wilcox around 6:45 a.m.

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The incident is under investigation.

Rouleau resident Jackie Krasko saw the aftermath of the derailment on her way to work Wednesday morning.

“I was shocked to see it but I was happy that it was not oil or liquid natural gas tank cars that came off the rail … because that could have been an explosion,” Krasko told Global News.

Krasko pointed to other recent derailments such as one this past weekend near Drinkwater, Sask. as “scary” incidents.

“I think about (Lac-Mégantic train derailment) and I mean if it hit close to our Rouleau I’m sure it’s going to start a fire and if the oil and liquid natural gas …explodes, I think we could lose our whole town.”

Drivers are asked to check the Highway Hotline for updated information before travelling in the area.

RCMP said drivers can expect delays in this area and are asked to follow officer directions at the scene.

Drivers are also reminded to slow down to 60 km/h when passing emergency workers.

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The train cars tipped over appeared to be carrying vehicles. Crews are currently on scene with cranes attempting to stand the cars back up.

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