Questions about CN accident in Sarnia

There was an incident at the CN Rail yard in Sarnia Friday. The company says there was only one car damaged but there are concerns there may be more to the incident.

There was an incident at the CN Rail yard in Sarnia Friday. The company says there was only one car damaged but there are concerns there may be more to the incident.

There are questions after an incident in the CN Rail yard in Sarnia.

On Friday around 3 pm, Warren Chandler of CN Public and Government Affairs in an email says “one set of wheels derailed in a single empty tank car during a slow moving yard operations.

“There were no injuries and no impact to CN’s mainline operations,” says Chandler.

While Sarnia officials were not contacted when the incident took place, CN did send a photo of the derailment to Sarnia’s acting fire chief who termed the incident minor, telling Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley the accident was equivalent of a flat tire on a car.

But there are questions of whether there was more to the incident than CN reported. Green Party Leader MP Elizabeth May sparked questions with a tweet on Twitter which read: “Why is no one reporting the train derailment in Sarnia yesterday? My sources say 20 cars jumped the track.”

CN was not commenting on May’s contention. “The cause of the incident is under investigation. CN will not comment on rumor or speculation surrounding events involved in the incident,” says Chandler.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, says while fire officials are satisfied this incident appears to be minor in nature, in the past there have been incidents that have been unreported that were of concern.

Fire officials have talked with CN Dangerous Goods officers after the tragedy in Lac Megantic. The officer, a supervisor and a CN official from Toronto will be in Sarnia in the next two weeks to talk about safety concerns.

Bradley says he will be raising the issue of notification when the delegation arrives.

-Heather Wright

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