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Cleanup continues after CP train derailment near Sudbury; water advisory remains

SUDBURY, Ont. – The clean-up continues after a CP freight train derailment east of Sudbury.

Canadian Pacific says 11 rail cars on a 62-car train derailed on Sunday on a trestle bridge near Wanup.

There were no injuries but the 11 cars were carrying 24 containers, and about half of them reached the Wahnapitae River, prompting Sudbury officials to issue a drinking water advisory.

CP has said packaged, off-the-shelf consumer products were inside the containers and that its environmental experts have been working with Sudbury officials to remove the last few containers.

The city says no water contamination has been reported but the local health unit’s manager of environmental health says a drinking water advisory remains in effect.

Burgess Hawkins says the advisory will be in effect until all the containers are out of the river and proper testing can be done.

The advisory means residents who get their water from the river should not use it for drinking, cooking, washing uncooked food or brushing teeth.

The health unit says boiling the water may not make it safe for drinking and advises people to use bottled water until further notice.

Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) has said there’s no sign of any danger to the public or environment after the derailment.

The company says a preliminary investigation found one of the rail cars experienced a “sudden and unexpected wheel bearing failure” that caused the car to derail just before the bridge. The derailed car then struck the bridge, causing a larger derailment, CP said.

(CJMX, The Canadian Press)