TSB investigating cargo train crash, derailment south of Ottawa

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Workers check out one of the trains in a collision in Prescott, Ont., on Thursday morning. (Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Workers check out one of the trains in a collision in Prescott, Ont., on Thursday morning. (Frédéric Pepin/Radio-Canada - image credit)

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is investigating a collision between cargo trains in Prescott, Ont., that left one person with minor injuries.

Firefighters, paramedics, police and officers from the Canadian National Railway (CN) responded to the site, about 90 kilometres south of Ottawa, just after 10:30 a.m.

CN says four locomotives derailed, including two that ended up on their side, and about 16 cars in total were derailed in various positions.

One crew member on a train suffered minor injuries, but the whole crew was taken to hospital as a precaution, according to a statement from CN.

The TSB has deployed a team of investigators to the crash site.

WATCH | Resident Alice Farrell and Mayor Brett Todd on the train derailment:

"It was rattling, shaking, it felt like an earthquake ... then you could hear the crashing of the cars … it sounded like metal crushing together," said Alice Farrell, who works nearby.

"It sounded like a train was coming through our building. We hear them all the time and we don't really notice them, but today we definitely noticed that."

Prescott Mayor Brett Todd said it doesn't seem like any hazardous materials spilled. The town's news release said there were no safety or security concerns.

One of the locomotives did reportedly have a minor fuel leak and CN says it's being addressed.

The Edward Street overpass connecting Prescott's core to Highway 401 was closed for a time, but Todd said it was found to be in sound shape and allowed to reopen. Boundary Street is closed over the train tracks.

No Via Rail trains were involved in the incident, but about 1,600 of its passengers were delayed by the collision, according to a statement, and delays will likely continue on Friday for trains between Toronto and Montreal.

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