A train has derailed in Kingston’s midtown area, according to Kingston police.
Const. Richard Hough said Bath Road is closed between Queen Mary and Armstrong roads due to a train derailment.
This is the second time this month a train has derailed at this crossing.
The first time, on March 4, eight cars flipped over at the Bath Road crossing on the industrial spur line leading to the Invista plant, spilling a small amount of food-grade material and closing the road for two days.
Hough says it looks like no cars have flipped at this second derailment, and there is no report of dangerous goods spilled at this time.
— Cst Richard Hough (@kp_trafficcop) March 25, 2020
In an emailed statement, Staff Sgt. Steve Koopman confirmed this second derailment was less serious than the last, saying this time, train cars had only come slightly disengaged with the tracks.
“There are no reports of any cars being overturned, their integrity being compromised, or of any cargo being spilled,” Koopman said.
“Due to this initial information there is no believed risk or exposure to the public, and is simply a traffic issue at this time while authorities attend to assess and restore rail and train functionality.”
Koopman said Kingston police received the call just before 12:30 p.m., and that no injuries have been reported.
In a statement, CN said seven cars had derailed upright, and that they are currently investigating the cause of the derailment.
“CN would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident.”
In addition to the Bath Road closure, Kingston police will be putting in barricades at Centennial Drive to the west and at Portmouth Avenue to the east to ensure traffic flow.
Kingston police are asking drivers to avoid the area until further notice.
According to Kingston Police, the stretch of Bath Road between Armstrong Road and Queen Mary Road is will not be open until late afternoon or early evening Thursday.
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