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Train blaze near Canmore under investigation by CP

A probe into a freight train fire east of Canmore early Sunday (March 27) is under way.

A probe into a freight train fire east of Canmore early Sunday (March 27) is under way.

“(Canadian Pacific) police were notified of a fire on the mid-train locomotive of a freight train,” said Salem Woodrow Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) spokesperson, in an email.

“The crew was notified and brought the train to a controlled stop to inspect the train.”

There were no injuries to the crew as they halted to inspect the fire at approximately 2:30 a.m. west of the Exshaw Graymont Quarry.

Exshaw and Canmore Fire Rescue crews, along with CP police and RCMP members, reported to the scene.

Exshaw incident commander Al Hogarth said the train had been “flaming pretty good when the train was still moving,” but there was just rising smoke on the locomotive when they arrived on scene.

“The train’s load wasn’t affected, as the fire was contained to one locomotive,” he said.

The cause is of the blaze is under investigation.


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