Dirt containment wall built when oil leaks after Saskatchewan train derailment

Cleanup was underway Tuesday after a freight train derailment in southeastern Saskatchewan in which one of five cars that left the track spilled crude oil.

JANSEN, Sask. — Cleanup was underway Tuesday after a freight train derailment in southeastern Saskatchewan in which one of five cars that left the track spilled crude oil.

The accident happened as the Canadian Pacific Rail (TSX:CP) eastbound train was rolling through an area near the village of Jansen, about 150 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.

CP spokesman Ed Greenberg said there were no injuries or public safety issues.

“There is one car that was leaking product,” he said. “We don’t have an estimate of how much did escape the car, but it has been contained into the area around the car.”

The leaking car was well back in the 64-unit train and remained upright. The other four cars were on their sides.

Excavation equipment was being sent to the site to build a wall of dirt to further contain the spill.

Greenberg said the train was carrying other products besides oil, but there was no indication they were hazardous.

“It was a mixed freight train, so there were other rail cars with other commodities on it.”

Firefighters from Jansen were called in as a precaution.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was sending an investigator to the site.

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