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Port Coquitlam fire crews called to scene of train derailment

No hazardous materials spilled, says Port Coquitlam fire chief, who said fire crews conducted a risk assessment.
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CP Rail locomotive.

Port Coquitlam fire crews were called to the scene of a three-car train derailment on CP Rail property Monday morning.

Chief Robert Kipps confirmed that firefighters were called to the scene after three slow moving cars containing diesel fuel left the tracks due to a switching "problem."

One even toppled onto its side. but Kipps said there was no risk to the public.

"We didn’t see any leaking what so ever," said Kipps, who added that there was "no fire risk" to the community.

He said CP Rail had hazardous material teams on site and firefighters left after an assessment.

Cranes were brought in to pull the rail cars back onto the tracks.

Kipps said he was told the cars were moving slowly when a "switching problem" caused the rail cars to leave the tracks.

"Our city fire department assessed the threat and there were no issues," Kipps said.

CP Rail confirmed in a statement that the accident occurred but said no one was injured and there was no leaks or spilsl.

"CP responded with crews and equipment," said a spokesperson in an emailed statement to the Tri-City News.

A significant fire four years ago

Four years ago there was a significant fire at the rail yard.

No one was injured but the incident forced the evacuation of all residents and businesses within an 800-metre radius and shut down Lougheed Highway between Shaughnessy Street and Coast Meridian Road. 

The 2018 fire prompted an extensive investigation and resulted in improved emergency protocols.

CP Rail spill affects beaver

In February, 2022, a beaver died after being poisoned from a diesel fuel spill at the CP Rail operation.

CP Rail said at the time that it hired a contractor to clean up the fuel.

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