CN train derails in tunnel between Ontario and MI; no injuries reported

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2019

The tunnel beneath the St. Clair River connects Port Huron to Sarnia, Ontario, and is operated by Canadian National Railway, according to the AP.

The rail company said in a statement about 40 cars reported to have derailed in "various positions" while "at least one vehicle with risky goods is involved".

Sarnia Police say that a rail vehicle carrying sulphuric acid was breached in the tunnel.

Sarnia Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Mike Otis said they responded at 5:30 a.m.

Port Huron CAO James Freed said Friday morning in a Twitter post his office was monitoring the derailment on the MI side of the river. "We're there for safety purposes, there are no injuries to report and no off-site impact or public hazard at this time".

It was not immediately clear when the tunnel would reopen.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Friday afternoon, the agency will dispatch a team to Sarnia to assist in the investigation.

Freed said trains are being rerouted to a crossing in Detroit.

Freed says thousands of train cars pass through the tunnel daily.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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