The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has confirmed a Via Rail passenger train, travelling from Winnipeg, MB, to The Pas, MB, had derailed early Thursday morning north of Hudson Bay, SK.
The train was travelling at a rate of about 50 km/h when it encountered a washout in the rail line.
Initial reports indicate that only the two locomotives and one baggage car derailed on their sides and the passenger cars remained upright. According to VIA Rail, 2 crew members sustained minor injuries and none of the 16 passengers aboard were injured.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying an investigator to the site of a Via Rail train derailment. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
UPDATE – 10:18 am July 5th 2018; Hudson Bay RCMP – Train Derailment
Today at 2:10 a.m. Hudson Bay RCMP were advised a VIA Rail train derailed. The location of the derailment was approximately 37 kms north of Hudson Bay in the northern provincial forest. RCMP officers from Hudson Bay and surrounding detachments, CN Police, Hudson Bay EMS and Hudson Bay Rescue responded to the scene of the derailment which does not have direct road access. RCMP officers travelled with CN rail on high rail vehicles to access the scene
There are no fatalities or serious injuries reported.
Further information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE – VIA Rail – VIA Rail train 693 derails near Hudson Bay, Sask. All passengers and crew members are safe
July 5, 2018 11:30 am – Train 693 that runs between Winnipeg and The Pas has derailed, approximately 37 km north of the town of Hudson Bay, in Saskatchewan, at 3:05 am central time. The train was on its way to The Pas, Manitoba. The train consisted of 8 cars. 2 locomotives and one baggage car derailed on their side. All passengers’ cars remained upright.
16 passengers and 5 crew members were on the train at the time of the derailment. Passengers and crew were taken to the Hudson Bay Health Care Facility to be assessed and treated as needed and all have now been discharged.
VIA Rail is ensuring all passengers and crew members are safely transported to Winnipeg where accommodation will be provided until they get to their final destination.
VIA Rail has set up a hotline for families: 1-877-747-0707 and trauma counselling is being offered to passengers and crew members.
VIA Rail services between Winnipeg and Gillam are suspended until further notice.
UPDATE – Transportation Safety Board of Canada
On 5 July 2018, a VIA Rail train proceeding northbound derailed at Mile 23.4 of the Turnberry Subdivision near Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, due to a washout. The inspection revealed that 2 locomotives and 2 cars derailed in various positions. Initial reports indicate that two locomotive engineers sustained minor injuries. No dangerous goods were involved. – Transportation Safety Board of Canada Railway Investigation
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