This crude-by-rail derailment happened less than an hour drive away from Moosomin, where Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs were holding a rally in support of building the Energy East Pipeline. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

ST.-LAZARE, MANITOBA – Canadian National says it has implemented safety measures after one of its trains derailed in western Manitoba in 2019, resulting in a large crude oil spill.

A Transportation Safety Board investigation has determined the train was on track that failed because of a repair error nearly two months earlier.

The report says maintenance crews had fixed part of the track after finding a broken joint bar.

But it was replaced with the wrong piece, which resulted in the track becoming misaligned and unstable.

The CN train was travelling east near St-Lazare when an emergency brake was applied and several cars derailed.

There were no injuries, fires or evacuations, but about 815,000 litres of oil was released.

CN says it has since installed continuous welded rail on the corridor of track between east-central Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.

The company also requires suppliers to spray-paint joint bars royal blue, to help differentiate them from similar-looking parts.


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Editor’s note: 815,000 litres equals 5,126 barrels of oil. Pipeline Online contractually cannot alter or edit copy provided by The Canadian Press. 

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