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Slave Lake derailment cleanup well underway

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Cleanup is underway after a train derailment in Slave Lake yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 4:15 Thursday, when nine cars carrying pulp derailed.

No injuries have been reported and no dangerous goods spilled.

Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman says many of the cars have been removed and much of the track replaced already.

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“There are three cars still on the south side of the line that will be removed. It’s anticipated they’ll be moved by the end of the day. 240 feet of track have been replaced; they’ve got machinery working throughout the night.”

A train is scheduled to pass through the town today, even though the crossing is still closed, with manpower to ensure safety.

The nearby families that were evacuated are expected to return home tonight.

“Six residences were evacuated – a total of nine people and five families – last night, who were put up in temporary accommodation, hotels and meals in town, assisted by the Red Cross.”

Warman adds he’s been assured by CN those costs will be covered.

The railway continues to investigate.

Photo by @lrisebrough on Twitter

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