Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1991, January 13 - 23 cars derail near Carlsbad Springs, Canadian National Alexandria subdivision.

Ottawa Citizen? 14 January 1991

Derailment cuts service to and from Montreal (with picture)
VIA Rail service between Ottawa and Montreal remained cut this morning as workers cleared the mess of Sundays CN freight train derailment near Gloucester. Until the tracks are repaired, VIA trains to and from Montreal are being replaced with bus service, said Paul Garneau, VIA's manager of station services in Ottawa. About 300 VIA passengers took the bus Sunday.
CN district manager Andre Pronovost said this morning he ejf-pected the tracks to be cleared, repaired and back in service by 3 p.m.
Thirteen cars from a Montreal-to-Ottawa freight train jumped the tracks at Russell Road and Farmers Way near Carlsbad Springs at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
No one was injured and no hazardous substances spilled in the Russell Road mjshap. It will take several days to establish the cause of the derailment and a damage estimate, CN spokesman Richard Boileau said today.
The cause is still under investigation, Pronovost said a damaged car carrying rolls of steel may have broken the tracks.
Officials from Environment and Transport Canada were on the scene to ensure the derailment did not cause any dangerous leaks.  Some cargo that concerned officials included battery fluids and naptha, a flafamable petroleum distillate commonly used as fondue fuel.
One box car that particularly concerned officials contained dangerous chemicals including naptha, phosphoric acid and ethamine.  It was, opened shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday and was found to be safe, said Fred Scaffidi, a Transport Canada spokesman.
CN brought two cranes from Montreal to lift the strewn cars from the snowy banks onto the tracks.
Transport Canada official Noel Sabbagh said there was no evidence of leaking.  Area residents had no reason to be alarmed he said.

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