Updated – Highway 17 Closed at Nipigon

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Construction Season in Thunder Bay
Road Closure

Construction Season in Thunder Bay
Road Closure

THUNDER BAY – Updated-  A train derailment has Highway 17 closed at Nipigon.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to a derailment involving a Canadian Pacific freight train derailment approximately 140 kilometres east of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

21:00 EST – UPDATE: ROAD CLOSURE: both directions from to Schreiber – Hwy remains CLOSED for up to 48HRS as workers continue cleanup.

16:00 EST – UPDATE: ROAD CLOSURE: both directions from to SCHREIBER – Highway to remain CLOSED for AT LEAST 24hrs for cleanup.

15:15 EST –  dealing with train derailment east of Nipigon. Seven propane cylinder cars are leaking and Hazmat Teams ENR. Road closed. Avoid area.

The OPP have tweeted: “ROAD CLOSURE: both directions from to Gravel River – Highway CLOSED due to train derailment, please avoid the area.”

Calls to the NNL Newsroom from drivers strained on the highway report that the closure is likely due to a chemical spill and that they are being told there will be a significant wait.

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