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A Canadian Pacific Railway police officer photographs a derailed car - Date unknown Michael Charles.
24 August 2017
No Injuries After 2 Cars Derail


Toronto Ontario - Canadian Pacific (CP) says two cars on a freight train derailed in Toronto on Thursday afternoon near Dupont Street and Howland Avenue, east of Bathurst Street, but no one has been injured.
 
Jeremy Berry, media relations officer for CP, based in Calgary, said both cars are empty and upright and no dangerous goods are involved.
 
He said the derailment of the cars from a westbound train occurred at 14:20.
 
"CP immediately implemented our emergency response protocols and mobilized teams to the site. We take this incident extremely seriously, and will be focused on safety as we continue to deal with this incident," Berry said in an email.
 
The cars left the tracks in the same area where two Canadian Pacific trains collided a year ago.
 
That derailment on 21 Aug 2016 injured a train conductor, caused a spill of 2,500 litres of diesel fuel, and sparked a number of small fires.
 
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) blamed the collision on human error, saying the crew missed a stop signal.
 
Berry said CP is investigating Thursday's derailment and has notified the relevant authorities.
 
He said the train was a "manifest train", which means it can carry a number of different products.
 
According to information displayed on the side of one of the derailed cars, the car was transporting used motor oil.
 
Toronto Police Notified About Derailment
 
Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said Thursday's derailment is not causing any traffic problems in the area.
 
Hopkinson said police were told that no hazardous materials have been spilled.
 
"Normally, with a train derailment, you would expect significant damage and injuries but there are no injuries involved in this," he said.
 
"We don't believe there are any tie-ups to traffic. As a matter of fact, our officers have been told that they are not required on the train derailment."
 
But Hopkinson did say the derailment may be causing a visual distraction to drivers in the area.
 
Police received a call from CP police about the derailment at 15:18.
 
Muriel Draaisma.

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