Efforts are underway to clean up the aftermath of a trail derailment west of Swift Current.
A train, carrying potash, had 12 cars derail late Tuesday night near the Highway 32 overpass, just off the Trans-Canada Highway.
Fire Chief of the Swift Current Rural Fire Department Louis Cherpin said the amount of damage is quite substantial.
“It was at the switch, where the train would go towards Leader or go west towards the West Coast,” he said. “Not 100% percent sure, there’s too much destruction to really figure it out.”
Cherpin does note there is good news regarding the clean up efforts.
“They’re (the clean up crews) are telling me the trains will be moving today (Wednesday).”
“Because the cars aren’t salvageable anymore, they’re just going to push everything off to where there’s more room to work. And, pick up the locomotive, put it back on the track and move it back towards Swift Current. Then, move everything off, fix the tracks and get the trains moving and clean up the debris after.”
An active investigation is underway as to the cause of the derailment.