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Freight Train Derails In West EndFreight Train Derails In West End

Friday December 8, 2006

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A freight train derailed this morning in downtown Toronto.
No injuries were reported when the Canadian Pacific train jumped the tracks near Osler St. and Pelham Ave., in the Dupont St. and Dundas St. W. area, around 4 a.m. Twelve grain cars derailed, spilling grain onto the ground, Toronto police said.

Crews had been working on the tracks Thursday, said Anthony Tsakopoulos, 59, owner of Brothers Plumbing. The derailment occurred directly behind Tsakopoulos’s business.

“They were working on the tracks. Exactly what they were doing, I don’t know. It was a big crane,” Tsakopoulos said, adding the incident delayed his access to his building but isn’t hurting business.

“It could have been bad if there was a pedestrian nearby ... I don’t know why they don’t do something about these tracks.”

Tsakopoulos said there have been a number of "minor" incidents in the area, which includes commercial and residential property, where trains have struck signs as they passed. Students walk by the area on their way to Carleton Village Public School, just two blocks north of the derailment site.

CP has launched an investigation in to the incident and will co-operate fully with the Transportation Safety Board, said spokesperson Ed Greenberg.

“When an incident like this does occur, we take it seriously because we want to find out what happened here,” Greenberg said. He said no major work was being done on the tracks, but said CP crews are often performing regular scheduled maintenance. There are also CN tracks and GO Transit tracks nearby.

“There wasn’t anything unusual going on in that area,” Greenberg said. CP service has experienced no major delays.

No major traffic delays have been reported as a result of the collision, though emergency crews are blocking parts of Osler St. No GO Transit delays have been reported, said GO spokesperson Andrea Gusen.

Trains are expected to resume running along the track by late this evening, Greenberg said. Cleanup won't be completed for several days, though the grain poses no public safety risk, he added.

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