Two CN Rail trains have derailed near Portage la Prairie, leaking fuel,Winnipeg Free Press has reported.
Portage la Prairie fire officials confirmed that they
received a call at 9:32 a.m. regarding a derailed train. The incident
happened near Oakville, either on or near a bridge. It is unclear
whether the trains involved were headed toward each other.
“CN crews are responding to an incident involving two CN trains near Oakville, MB,” wrote CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis.
“Fuel from the locomotive fuel tanks has been contained after initially leaking. CN is investigating the cause of the incident.”
The two trains derailed near Oakville, Man.
The trains carried mixed freight, with two locomotives and eight cars derailing. “There are no injuries or spilled dangerous goods,” Abecassis wrote. “CN is investigating the cause of the incident.”
Photos from the scene show two trains that appear to have been travelling toward each other before jack-knifing, with each locomotive sitting off the track on an angle. It is unclear whether the two made contact. CN could confirm whether the trains collided.
The Transportation Safety Board said it is deploying staff to the scene, as are provincial officials.
“Manitoba Sustainable Development is aware of the derailment and crews are en route,” a spokesman for the province wrote.