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Cleanup underway after train carrying potash derails near Craven, Sask., blocking Highway 20


The highway into the Village of Craven, Sask., remains blocked off as a result of a train derailment.

CP Rail has confirmed that one of its freight trains carrying potash derailed Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, near Craven, Sask. (Austin Van Cryenest)

Crews were hard at work Wednesday morning clearing the scene of a train derailment near Craven, Sask., about 30 kilometres northwest of Regina.

A CP Rail train carrying potash derailed Tuesday night just south of the village where the rails cross over Highway 20.

In a statement, CP Rail said there were no injuries and no public safety concerns.

Photos posted by the village and others on social media show rail cars with severe damage.

Damaged train cars block Highway 20 near Craven, Sask., on Tuesday. (Austin Van Cryenest)

Austin Van Cryenest was on his way home from work around 9:30 p.m. CST Tuesday when he came across the scene.

"I was coming up to the train tracks, and I saw this huge hill there that I've never seen before, and everybody stopped. The train lights were on. And so then I turned on my lights and then there shines a huge pileup of trains," he said.

Van Cryenest estimated the number of derailed train cars to be in the double digits.

He said he saw piles of pink dust around the damage cars.

In a Facebook post, the Village of Craven asked that people avoid the area to allow emergency crews to work.

CP said it immediately dispatched crews and resources to the scene on Tuesday evening.

As of Wednesday morning, they were working to clean up the site of the derailment.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Highway 20 in Craven remains at least partially blocked off, although some vehicles are now able to cross the rail section.

However, the Village of Craven said traffic is expected to be very slow.

Officials with the village are continuing to direct travellers to or from Regina to use Highway 99 or Highway 6 as an alternate route.

Craven has a population of about 210. The village is best known as the site for the annual Country Thunder music festival.

Credit belongs to : www.cbc.ca


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