Power restored to Field following Tuesday morning train derailment

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Residents of Field, B.C. had their power fully restored Wednesday morning following a Tuesday CP Rail grain train derailment west of the village.

Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, a grain train carrying 34 cars and one locomotive left the tracks around 6.5 kilometres outside of Field in the Yoho National Park. No injuries were reported and there was no immediate threat to public safety.

CP Rail said that following track repairs and the completion of safety inspections, they were able to open the rail line to freight traffic early Wednesday morning.

Parks Canada said they’re closely monitoring for wildlife in the area and are “working closely with CP Rail to facilitate clean up operations.” CP added they’ll be working with PC to “recover spilled grain and develop a remediation plan.”

In September 2020, female grizzly bear 143 was killed after she was hit by a train in the Banff National Park.

A deadly derailment near Field in February 2019saw three men killed after a source said mechanical issued prevented crews from being able to control the speed of the train.

CP said an investigation into the cause of Tuesday’s derailment is ongoing.

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