HOPE (NEWS 1130) – A CN train has derailed near Hope.
The company says the derailment happened early Monday morning, with preliminary information indicating “at least 20 railcars carrying potash derailed off of a rail bridge.”
It doesn’t look like anyone’s been hurt in the derailment, and CN says there are also no reports of fires or dangerous goods involved.
“CN would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident and thanks the first responders present at the scene,” the company says in an email to NEWS 1130.
Pics from @NEWS1130 listener Cameron Rogers of the Train derailment just north of #BCHwy1 just east of Hunter Creek Road in the #FraserValley. Emergency crews are on scene along the right shoulder of the freeway WB pic.twitter.com/UUT5XAPNZI
— Ryan Lidemark (@RyanLmark) September 14, 2020
It’s still unclear what caused the train to derail.
Witnesses tells NEWS 1130 they saw a large police presence while driving past the derailment Monday.
“There’s a massive train wreck, like piled up train cars,” one commuter describes. “I mean, it’s a s*** show. We were shocked.”
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— Ashley Grace Burr (@AshleyBurr_) September 14, 2020
The derailment is not impacting traffic but is a visual distraction to anyone driving west of Hope by the Hunter Creek exit on Highway 1.
-With files from Dean Recksiedler