Canadian Pacific suffers derailment on Friday, resulting in liquid asphalt leak

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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An internal rail defect caused a 2019 CP freight train derailment.
Canadian Pacific

A Canadian Pacific train derailed last Friday.

Twenty-three cars of a 128-car freight train, including one of four cars carrying liquid asphalt, derailed and leaked about 8,500 gallons of the substance into the environment. The derailment occurred in Lacombe, Alberta.

RT&S reached out to CP for its statement on the derailment, and a spokesman replied with the following:

“At approximately 8 p.m. on July 2, a CP train derailed near Lacombe. There were no injuries and no public safety issues.

“After all repairs were made and safety inspections conducted, CP reopened the rail line to traffic Saturday afternoon.

“CP is working diligently to ensure the area is cleaned up, remediated and restored.

“CP thanks local fire officials, local law enforcement, Alberta environment and other stakeholders for their support in responding to this incident. We also thank local residents for their patience and understanding for the inconvenience this incident caused.

“The incident remains under investigation.”

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