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Fort Frances councillor raises rail safety concerns after train derailment near Rainy River

Feb 20, 2020 07:44AM ● By Editor
Kathy Mercier lives in the area near where a CN train carrying crude oil derailed outside Emo, Ont., on Feb. 19. She took this picture of heavy machinery heading to the site. Photo: Submitted by Kathy Mercier

From CBC News · February 20, 2020

A town councillor in Fort Frances, Ont., is raising concerns about rail safety in the area after a train carrying crude oil derailed near Emo Wednesday.

Douglas Judson has counted at least six derailments on the same stretch of track in the past seven years, he said.

The Transportation Safety Board found poor track conditions to be responsible for one derailment near the town in 2014.

People have been sensitized to the potential dangers of derailments by disasters like Lac-Mégantic, Judson said.

"I think that people don't view derailments as fender benders," he said. "I think that we are aware of the fact that there could be tragic consequences, and we need to at least ask those questions about why there seems to be such a prevalence of these incidents within this very small length of track."

Previous derailments include two in Fort Frances in 2014 and 2015, two in Barwick in 2015 and 2019, and a rail collision in Fort Frances in 2019 in which several cars derailed. 

How many derailments are going to happen in the same 40 km of track between Fort Frances and Chapple before governments start asking @CNRailway some serious questions about safety? I count 6 incidents since 2013 just from a Google search. There are more. @C_Mulroney @MarcGarneau

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To read the original story and related reporting, follow this link to the MPR News website.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/fort-frances-rail-safety-judson-1.5469152
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