CN Rail – Several Railcars Leaking Crude Oil in Emo Derailment

CN Train Derailment at Emo

The CN Rail train that derailed near Emo Ontario is reportedly leaking oil. The derailment happened on February 18, 2020, at about 8:30 PM EST.

Both local emergency responders and provincial authorities are on-site and CN crews have responded.

CN Rail in a statement issued to NNL says, “At approximately 20:30pm local time Feb 18, 2020 a CN train derailed near the Town of Emo, Ontario , at Highway 602, south of the Trans Canada Highway, blocking a crossing.

“At this time local emergency responders and provincial authorities are on site and CN crews are responding. Preliminary reports indicate that there are approximately 30 railcars derailed in various positions and there are several railcars leaking crude oil.  Preliminary reports are that no product has entered a waterway.

“There is no fire and no injuries are reported.  As a precaution, local responders have evacuated residents near the site. The cause of the incident is under investigation.”

“CN would like to thank the emergency responders and we apologize for the disruption this incident is causing the evacuated residents and the inconvenience to the citizens of Emo. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.”

Update: 12:00 noon EST: The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying an investigator to the site of a derailment at Emo, near Fort Frances, Ontario, of a Canadian National Railway freight train carrying crude oil. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.