Trainload too tall an order for tunnel
June 16, 2008
Source: Windsor Star
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WINDSOR, Ont. - A Canadian Pacific Railroad train heading through the CP
rail tunnel from Detroit suffered significant damage Sunday afternoon
when shipping containers on 24 intermodal cars were partly crushed on
the tunnel's roof, damaging contents but causing no injuries.
The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. when the train entered the
tunnel in Detroit, said CP spokesman Michael Spenard. The train, which
had an an unspecified number of cars, was not carrying hazardous goods,
The intermodal cars are essentially rolling platforms on which
containers are stacked. They contained a wide variety of manufactured
goods, he said, adding the railroad had no damage estimate.
Asked why railroad officials didn't realize the damaged containers were
too high, Spenard replied: "That's exactly what's being investigated."
He said the crew - an locomotive engineer and conductor - was probably
unaware of what was happening until they emerged on the Windsor side.
"The locomotive engineer, he wouldn't necessarily have seen or heard
anything," Spenard said. "It's an inconvenience, it's part of doing
business," he said.
The railroad's claims department will have to assess damage. The tunnel
is tall enough to accommodate double-stack rail cars, he said, but he
did not know its dimensions. There was no information on whether any
damage was caused to the roof of the tunnel. The cars remained parked on
a CP rail siding Monday, as crews prepare to remove the containers and