|Ottawa Citizen 25 June 1987|
Sixteen freight train cars derail in Algonquin bush
PEMBROKE - Sixteen cars from a CN freight train derailed in the dense bush of Algonquin Park Wednesday but no one was injured and there were no spills of hazardous products.
Canadian National Railway spokesman Jean Guy Brodur said the Ottawa-to-Winnipeg train went off the track on the Beach-burg subdivision, about 50 kilometres west of Pembroke.
The derailment occurred at 2:45 p.m. between the whistle stops of Cathmore and Dahlia, about 16 km north west of the hamlet of Round Lake Centre.
The cause has yet to be determined although investigators from the Canadian Transportation Commission were on the scene.
The train left the tracks at the 13th car behind one of two locomotives, dumping a car loaded with automobiles, an empty gondola and 14 empty tank cars, Brodur said.
The empty tankers, previously loaded with sulphuric acid, did not leak, Brodur said.
A small bush fire possibly ignited by sparks from friction was extinguished soon after the crash.
Crane and wreck crews from Capreol and Montreal were en route to the scene late afternoon Wednesday, Brodur said.
There was no immediate estimate of damage. The tracks were expected to be repaired by Friday.
Until then, trains scheduled for Winnipeg will be re-routed through Toronto