No injuries reported after coal train derailment east of Lytton

Train goes off the tracks

UPDATE: 9:31 p.m.

CN crews are currently on site responding to a train derailment east of Lytton.

Information at this time indicates that approximately 15 rail cars containing coal derailed, spilling their contents. A minor fire was safely extinguished.

There are no reported injuries or fatalities and no dangerous goods were involved.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL: 9:09 p.m.

A train left the tracks Saturday afternoon about 16 kilometres east of Lytton.

Kamloops man Ron Markle and his wife were driving through the area at about 4:20 p.m. when they noticed several train cars had fallen off the track and flipped onto their sides.

Markle told Castanet he noticed the train had disconnected in multiple spots along the track and said a small cloud of dark smoke could be seen coming from one of the cars at the east end of the train.

Markle didn’t spot any people in danger, stating there was nobody around and that the situation seemed sort of odd.

A CN spokesperson confirmed the derailment to Castanet and said more information will likely be forthcoming.

It is unknown at this time what caused the derailment, but this story will be updated when more information is known.

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