A Canadian National Railway train hauling grain, hydrochloric acid, caustic soda, anhydrous, and petroleum distillate had 26 of its cars jump off the line approximately one kilometre east of Clair around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Emergency personnel were soon on the scene and and it has been confirmed that the two crewmen on board were not injured.
The derailment affected the 26 cars in the middle of the 100, pulled by three locomotives, making up the train.
It was the petroleum product in two cars that was burning; two cars carrying hydrochloric acid and two others carrying caustic soda did not ignite.
The communities of Paswegin and Clair, and residents of nearby farms, were evacuated and traffic in both directions on Highway 5 had to be diverted. The highway from Watson to Wadena was closed, and since the bridge on the Hendon grid is under repair, it also is not passable.
Extremely high winds were in evidence throughout the day. There was some concern about fumes and the hazardous materials team has been in attendance.
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