Road reopened after train derails in southwestern N.B.

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Harvey Fire Department Chief Jerrard Swan says no one was injured and only one of the 10 derailed cars was carrying anything. (Jan Taylor/Submitted - image credit)
Harvey Fire Department Chief Jerrard Swan says no one was injured and only one of the 10 derailed cars was carrying anything. (Jan Taylor/Submitted - image credit)

Route 3 in Harvey Station, about 40 kilometres southwest of Fredericton, was reopened after a train derailment disrupted traffic all of Thursday morning.

Harvey Fire Department Chief Jerrard Swan said firefighters got the call about a derailment near Cedar Lane at around 5 a.m. Thursday. That's the railway crossing near Black's store.

Swan said 10 cars have left the tracks, but all were empty except one carrying lime.

He said the car is leaking, but the material is not toxic.

Jan Taylor/Submitted
Jan Taylor/Submitted

Swan said no one was injured.

RCMP New Brunswick tweeted traffic is being diverted because of the derailment.

Jeff Pleadwell, a nearby resident, said he was sleeping this morning when the NB Southern Railway train was coming through the village toward Saint John. He said he was awakened by a loud sound.

"I heard kind of like a horrible grinding noise or a crash and the train came to a stop," he said.

Pleadwell lives about 200 metres from the tracks and has a clear view of the crossing from his front window.

Swan said railway officials are on the scene investigating the cause.

Anne McInerney, spokesperson for J.D. Irving, which owns NB Southern Railways, said the derailment was reported to provincial officials. The province regulates short-line rail and investigates derailments on non-federal rails.

"We will participate fully," McInerney said of the provincial investigation.

She said NB Southern Rail will also launch its own investigation, and the road crossing is expected to reopen later Thursday morning.

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