June 04, 2006 21:16 ET

CN addressing environmental impact of Quebec derailment

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 4, 2006) - CN is taking steps to clean up fuel oil leaked into the Riviere du Loup after a train derailment on the railway's Joliette Subdivision near Charette, Que., in the Mauricie Region, about 140 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

No one was injured in the accident that occurred at 12.35 p.m. today, and the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

Fourteen cars were derailed in the incident, including four tank cars that have leaked fuel product into the river. CN is assessing the amount of fuel released and is taking immediate steps to contain the spill and recover lost product.

CN immediately advised Environment Canada and the Quebec Ministry of the Environment following the derailment.

The 141-car freight train originated in Toronto and was destined for Arvida, Que.

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

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