UPDATE: On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County.
Initial reports suggested a number of oil cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire. A nearby residence was evacuated as a precaution, and multiple emergency crews responded.
Emergency crews were able to determine that 23 train cars had derailed, four of which were carrying Tar Oil (liquid asphalt). Upon further inspection, only one of the cars was found to have a leak while the remaining were intact. No fires had started.
No injuries were reported and those evacuated were able to return home.
CP Rail and Lacombe County Emergency Management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours while crews investigate and cleanup.
CP Rail Police has taken over this investigation.
BLACKFALDS – On July 2, 2021, at 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment.
RCMP, along with Lacombe Police Service, EMS, Lacombe Fire, CP Rail and CN Rail, are currently on scene at Highway 2A and Range Road 270A, between Township Road 401 and Township Road 402.
The 20 car train was carrying tar sand, and emergency crews are actively working to contain and manage the spill.
Traffic in the area is being re-routed and police are requesting the public to avoid the area. There are no injuries reported and no on-going concern for the public.
No further information is available at this time.