6 rail cars derail near Boissevain Saturday morning: Manitoba RCMP

By | May 2, 2020

No injuries are reported after six Canadian Pacific Rail cars carrying grain derailed near Boissevain, Man., on Saturday morning.

RCMP were called at about 7:35 a.m. and found four of the six cars on their side. 

The cars contained grain and there was some spillage, RCMP said.

There were no injuries and there are no public safety concerns, a spokesperson for the railway told CBC News.

CP police are investigating, RCMP said. 

Boissevain Morton Fire Department chief Martin Paradis said it was the first time he had been called to derailment in his 17 years with the department.

Fire chief Martin Paradis of the Boissevain Morton Fire Department said he has never before been called to a derailment in the area. (Boissevain Morton Fire Department/Facebook)

None of the cars were on fire when crews arrived, he said, so their main role was to secure the area for chemical leakage or drainage in the ditches.

“It’s more, kind of, just making sure the public doesn’t get close,” he said.

Paradis said the incident occurred about one kilometre east of town. The closest railroad crossing, at Aikman Street in Boissevain, is closed to the public due to the number of crews and heavy machines and soft roads in the area.

The nearest rail crossing on the eastern edge of Boissevain is closed to public as crews clean up. (Boissevain Morton Fire Department/Facebook)

Boissevain is about 70 kilometres south of Brandon.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

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