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Scotchtown train derailment cleanup continues

Work crews were on the scene of a train derailment in Scotchtown on Wednesday. The train went off the tracks on Monday. Trains are expected to be rolling through again by Saturday.
Work crews were on the scene of a train derailment in Scotchtown on Wednesday. The train went off the tracks on Monday. Trains are expected to be rolling through again by Saturday.

SCOTCHTOWN — It will be at least Saturday until cleanup and repair efforts at the site of a train derailment are successfully completed.

Cars from the train carrying coal to the Nova Scotia Power generating station in Lingan derailed on Monday afternoon, damaging tracks and spilling coal in an area along May Street in Scotchtown.
“It’s not like a car accident where you can see the damage, sweep it up and move on,” said Tony Hatcher, operations manager for Sydney Coal Railway.
“Some of the damage we haven’t even come upon yet but we truly believe that it should be done by Saturday. That meaning, that we will actually have trains going through.”
Crews first worked to successfully re-rail all six cars that initially went off the tracks as well as two more that suffered axel damage during the incident. A major cleanup began on Wednesday.
Hatcher said the rail company is still trying to determine what caused the derailment.
“Where there is so much damage it is hard to tell what damage caused the accident and what damage actually is a result of the accident,” he said.
“We will find it but that investigation is ongoing and will be for several more days.”
Coal cleared from the accident site has been trucked away and some coal shipments have resumed to coal-fired power generating station by truck as the cleanup and rail repair efforts continue.
“We are not an adjusted time sort of organization,” Hatcher said. “We don’t give them the coal and they burn it immediately. A little bit of trucking has been going there but just as a mitigation. You certainly couldn’t truck that much coal.”
The incident has made May Street in Scotchtown inaccessible to traffic from Daley Road near the area of the railroad tracks. That’s expected to be the case until Saturday.
A spokesperson for the provincial Department of Environment confirmed that it is not involved in the cleanup. There were no fluid leaks reported and the coal is expected to be cleaned up, so there are no environmental risks, according to the spokesperson.
No vehicles were involved in the crash and no injuries were reported.
Volunteer fire departments from Scotchtown and New Victoria initially responded to the scene, along with the Cape Breton Regional Police, the Department of Transportation and officials from the railway.
Current cleanup efforts involve railway officials and several local contractors.
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Cars from the train carrying coal to the Nova Scotia Power generating station in Lingan derailed on Monday afternoon, damaging tracks and spilling coal in an area along May Street in Scotchtown.
“It’s not like a car accident where you can see the damage, sweep it up and move on,” said Tony Hatcher, operations manager for Sydney Coal Railway.
“Some of the damage we haven’t even come upon yet but we truly believe that it should be done by Saturday. That meaning, that we will actually have trains going through.”
Crews first worked to successfully re-rail all six cars that initially went off the tracks as well as two more that suffered axel damage during the incident. A major cleanup began on Wednesday.
Hatcher said the rail company is still trying to determine what caused the derailment.
“Where there is so much damage it is hard to tell what damage caused the accident and what damage actually is a result of the accident,” he said.
“We will find it but that investigation is ongoing and will be for several more days.”
Coal cleared from the accident site has been trucked away and some coal shipments have resumed to coal-fired power generating station by truck as the cleanup and rail repair efforts continue.
“We are not an adjusted time sort of organization,” Hatcher said. “We don’t give them the coal and they burn it immediately. A little bit of trucking has been going there but just as a mitigation. You certainly couldn’t truck that much coal.”
The incident has made May Street in Scotchtown inaccessible to traffic from Daley Road near the area of the railroad tracks. That’s expected to be the case until Saturday.
A spokesperson for the provincial Department of Environment confirmed that it is not involved in the cleanup. There were no fluid leaks reported and the coal is expected to be cleaned up, so there are no environmental risks, according to the spokesperson.
No vehicles were involved in the crash and no injuries were reported.
Volunteer fire departments from Scotchtown and New Victoria initially responded to the scene, along with the Cape Breton Regional Police, the Department of Transportation and officials from the railway.
Current cleanup efforts involve railway officials and several local contractors.
news@cbpost.com

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