No leaks, no injuries in the early morning train derailment in Ogden


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Crews were on scene Saturday in Ogden to clean up an early morning train derailment in Calgary.

A CP Rail freight train derailed at approximately 3:45 a.m. at Alyth Yard, affecting traffic in the area.

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According to an email sent to Postmedia by CP Rail spokesperson Salem Woodrow, the investigation is ongoing.

“There have been no leaks or spills involving dangerous goods,” said Woodrow. “ The CP immediately dispatched teams and resources to deal with the situation. There were no injuries. “

Workers avoid a train derailment at Ogden Rd and 50 Ave SE in Calgary on Saturday, December 11, 2021. There were no injuries and no dangerous goods leaked or spilled during the incident.
Workers avoid a train derailment at Ogden Rd and 50 Ave SE in Calgary on Saturday, December 11, 2021. There were no injuries and no dangerous goods leaked or spilled during the incident. Jim Wells / Postmedia

Seven cars derailed in the 5000 block of Ogden Road SE, near the 50th Avenue Bridge.

Ward 9 Council. Gian-Carlo Carra said he was informed by CP Rail this morning when the incident occurred, but called it a minor incident because the city‘s emergency management committee was under no obligation to respond to the incident. derailment.

“It was a low level problem, they don’t like to speculate on its cause, but it happened on a switch early in the morning,” he said.

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This is the second derailment in the past six months at the rail yard and very similar locations. However, CP Rail said the incidents were unrelated.

In August, two trains collided in the marshalling yard, derailing seven cars and causing a major diesel fuel leak.

This follows a collision in March 2019 between two trains at the same site and nine derailed cars, which led to a report by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, released last March. The report cited a communication failure and the absence of physical barriers present in other railway facilities that prevent such collisions, making clear communication all the more important.

On December 3, the Calgary Emergency Management Committee received a presentation on the state of emergency preparedness with a focus on the risk of a major rail incident.

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The committee discussed the potential for a catastrophe of the magnitude of the Lac Mégantic derailment in 2013, in which a leaking oil train derailed and exploded in the heart of the eastern Quebec community, killing 47 people. However, Sue Henry, head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, said the likelihood of such an event in Calgary was low.

“Can we perfectly avoid any accident? No, we can’t, ”said Ward 11 committee chair and council. Kourtney Penner. “What I think is important is that we continue to use best practices, continue to evolve our best practices, and continue to communicate with each other as stakeholders to resolve issues quickly and on time. timely, and that we communicate what those fixes are and continue to work with each other.

Carra, who served as chair of the emergency management committee for six years, said rail travel is safe, despite the infrastructure that runs through a large metropolitan city like Calgary. The Alyth yard is located in the Ogden district, which is part of its district.

“When you look at the number of road accidents that occur on any given day, the impact on the train gets the papers… but they are minor compared to the carnage and wreckage that occurs daily on North American highways. “, did he declare. noted.

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