freight train shuts down GO service at Pickering
30th 2010 | Source: CBC |
Lakeshore East commuter trains resume service but can't stop
A CN freight train derailed at about 3:15
p.m. Tuesday at the Pickering Go station, just east of Toronto,
temporarily cutting service on GO Transit's Lakeshore East
wreck left freight cars jackknifed across the tracks and tilted
at odd angles. Nine cars and three non-operating locomotives
being pulled by the train left the tracks.
The station was evacuated amid fear about leaks from a derailed
tank car, but officials said there appeared to be none.
"The derailment is right in the Pickering station," the CBC's
Jasmin Seputis said, reporting from the scene.
"The fire chief of Pickering is here, and Chief Bill Douglas
says it doesn't appear to be dangerous at this time," she said.
"But there are lots of firefighters here on standby, just to
make sure everyone is safe."
One car contained methylene, a chemical used to make
polyurethane, a product found in plastics, foam, paint and other
items. CN official Mark Hallman said methylene "is considered a
dangerous commodity" but there was no indication any escaped.
GO trains make regular stops, except Pickering
GO announced before 5 p.m. that service had resumed on the line,
but not at Pickering. "Trains will be stopping at all the
regular stops except Pickering," it said. "Some delays are still
Earlier, trains heading east toward Pickering and Oshawa were
stopped at Rouge Hill, where passengers boarded GO buses.
Passengers bound for Pickering were being bused from Ajax. At
one point, the station parking lot was closed to the public,
keeping commuters from their cars even if they could get to
The cause of the wreck was not immediately clear. The
spectacular mess drew gawkers to a nearby bridge and traffic was
stop-and-go on the adjacent Highway 401.