Investigators probe 3-train crash
Published: April 8, 2008
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are getting a closer look at a three-train collision and derailment in
southeastern Saskatchewan now that a fire is out.
Throughout the day Monday, thick black smoke billowed from a burning
railcar following a collision involving the trains near Ralph, Sask.
Several rail cars were derailed. The collision also sparked a grass
Some rail workers were taken to hospital for observation, but no one was
seriously injured, the RCMP said.
Because of the fire and the fact the rail cars were carrying toxic
chemicals, firefighters initially kept their distance.
Later, they pumped water on the site and extinguished the fire, the RCMP
The railcar that burned is now believed to have contained plastic
pellets, not ethelyne glycol as was originally thought, the RCMP said.
Residents of at least six farms in a two-kilometre radius were evacuated
from the area. By Tuesday morning, the residents were returning to their
Investigators from Canadian Pacific Railway and the Transportation
Safety Board of Canada are now at work trying to figure out how three
However, it appears one train hit another from behind. A number of cars
were then knocked off the tracks and into a third train, on a parallel