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Canadian Highway Reopens after Derailment near Lake Superior

Photo: Courtesy: Transportation Safety Board of Canada

January 15, 2015 06:42 PM

Ontario Provincial Police have fully reopened Highway 17 along Lake Superior after a train derailment east of Nipigon.

A 90-kilometer (56-mile) stretch of the highway between Nipigon and Schreiber was closed Tuesday due to a derailment about 45 kilometers east of Nipigon.  One lane of traffic reopened Wednesday, and both lanes were open by Thursday evening.

CP said Wednesday that a minor leak on one propane car has been sealed, and that the contents of another propane car dissipated as a result of the derailment.  A CP Rail hazmat unit responded to the scene.

An earlier report from the OPP stating that some of the cars contain crude oil was incorrect.

"Safety is a top priority at CP and we take every incident seriously," the company said in a statement.  "CP's emergency protocols were immediately enacted and all safety precautions and measures are being taken as our crews respond to the situation with local officials."

There were no injuries.

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