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No injuries when train hauling grain derails in fiery crash north of Saskatoon

No one was injured after a train derailed and one locomotive caught fire just north of Saskatoon on Tuesday morning. 

The train, which was hauling grain, was on a Canadian National Railway line near Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road.

The Saskatoon Fire Department received the call around 9:26 a.m.and found a locomotive leaking diesel and on fire. The fire department said 30 of the train’s 52 cars were derailed.

No injuries when train hauling grain derails in fiery crash north of Saskatoon

Officials said 30 of the train’s 52 cars went off the CN Rail track. (Warman Fire Rescue/Facebook)

Eyewitness Braden Rein said it appeared as if one of the cars jumped or skipped before it derailed and others crashed into it.

“There was at least a dozen cars that crashed before the engine and then a couple afterwards,” Rein wrote to CBC. 

“Wasn’t as loud as I had expected, but just a lot of metal crashing into each other.”

A CN train hauling grain derailed and later caught fire just north of Saskatoon on Jan. 22, 2019. (Credit Braden Rein) 0:16

Another eyewitness, Rachel Baird, was on her way into Saskatoon when she stopped for the train. She saw one rail car that was kicking up snow and looked as if it was going off the rails.

“So I’m thinking to myself, ‘My goodness, this thing is going to tip.’ Sure enough, I watch it go over,” she said, adding she watched one car after another crash.

“It was quite the sight to see.”

No injuries when train hauling grain derails in fiery crash north of Saskatoon

Eyewitnesses say they noticed a problem with one car, with the following cars then crashing into it. (Submitted by Rachel Baird)

She could hear a repetitive booming following the crash, which she described as a “pulsating noise.”

When someone warned her there was leaking fuel at the site, she said she quickly moved away from the scene. 

No injuries when train hauling grain derails in fiery crash north of Saskatoon

The train derailed north of Saskatoon at Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road. (Matthew Garand/CBC)

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Fire crews respond

“What we’re dealing with is flowing fuel,” Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Rodger said. “It’s a matter of trying to isolate that so we can continue with extinguishing it.”

Video shows fire rising from the rail cars, while CN confirmed the locomotive fuel tank is leaking. 

Crews from Warman have been called in to assist crews already on scene, while CN said it has its own crews also responding to the incident.

Social media posts show flames and smoke on scene.

A CN train carrying grain has derailed at Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road, north of Saskatoon. 0:33

Tankers from Warman and Delisle are on the scene and assisting in bringing the fire under control. 

In a statement, CN said there is no danger to the public, with no dangerous goods involved and no injuries reported. 

Highway 11 is currently blocked in both directions, and residents are encouraged to avoid the area. Motorists should be prepared to take a detour if travelling in the area.

CN said the cause of the derailment is under investigation. 




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