A rail car sits on its side after derailing in downtown Revelstoke Thursday afternoon.

CP Rail train derails in downtown Revelstoke

Two cars on a CP Rail train jumped the track near the Revelstoke Visitor Information Centre Tuesday afternoon.

A CP Rail train has derailed in downtown Revelstoke Thursday afternoon.

Two cars of the train jumped the track as it was slowly heading west out of town at around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2. The derailment took place across the street from the Visitor Information Centre.

George Hopkins witnessed the train derailment. A retired railroader, he and his son were watching the train slowly pass by when they heard a bang and it jumped the track. They both rushed to contact CP Rail.

The derailed cars appear to be grain cars, though their exact contents are not known. They were preceded and followed by a long line of black containers cars that often carry liquids and dangerous goods.

One car was lying on its side; one set of wheels was completely detached from the car and remained on the tracks. The second car was only partially jerked from the tracks.

The derailed car spilled its load of lentils and peas.

A CP Rail train runs through a pile of spilled grain after a car derailed in downtown Revelstoke on Thursday. Photo by Rob Stokes. Revelstoke Review.

Numerous CP Rail personnel were on scene. Revelstoke RCMP and Fire & Rescue Services also attended the incident.

A Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said they were not deploying to the scene but would be monitoring the situation.

Many people gathered on Victoria Road to watch the scene unfold. A few retired railroaders remarked it had been many years since a train derailed right downtown.

It’s the second derailment within city limits within the passt year. A train derailed in the Big Eddy last September.

Last month, Mike Lovecchio, the CP Rail director for government affairs was in Salmon Arm to address the Columbia Shuswap Regional District about rail safety. He said CP Rail was leading the pack when it comes to rail safety, but that it was also moving more dangerous goods.

CP Rail recently held a training session with Revelstoke Fire & Rescue Services to address the possibility of a spill of dangerous goods.

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