UPDATE: Train derails near Courtenay, N.D.COURTENAY, N.D. — A Canadian Pacific train derailed near here this morning. No injuries were reported, according to a representative of the company.
By: By Keith Norman, The Jamestown Sun
COURTENAY, N.D. — A Canadian Pacific train derailed near here this morning. No injuries were reported, according to a representative of the company.
The derailment happened between 9 and 10 a.m. today one mile north and one mile west of Courtenay, said Mark Schlecht, track maintenance supervisor for Canadian Pacific, who was at the scene.
Twenty-four cars derailed and an estimated additional 50 to 75 remained on the track.
Of the derailed cars, nine were carrying pipeline pipe, four were empty grain cars and 11 were loaded grain cars, Schlecht said.
Jeff Johnson, media relations for Canadian Pacific, said hazardous materials were on the train but were not on the cars that derailed. He declined to identify the hazardous materials.
Schlecht estimated it would take up to 36 hours to clear the scene.
Two crewmen were on the train at the time of the derailment, Johnson said.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation by Canadian Pacific, he added.
More information wasn’t immediately available.
Keith Norman is a reporter for The Jamestown Sun, which is owned by Forum Communications.