Work continues to clear rail collision northeast of Calgary, return evacuees home

People in Swalwell, Alta., a community northeast of Calgary, have been forced from their homes after a train collided with a propane tanker truck on March 9, 2020. Courtesy Kneehill County

Crews on Tuesday morning worked to clear a hazardous train-truck collision in a hamlet northeast of Calgary that forced the evacuation of about 100 residents.

At about 3 p.m. Monday, a collision between a semi truck carrying propane and a CN Rail train at Railway Ave. Swalwell led to authorities ordering the evacuation of 58 homes in the hamlet and surrounding area.

A reception area was set up at the Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills 20 km to the north.

In a press release, Knee County said the train had been cleared from the scene overnight and that other work was proceeding to deal with the danger posed by two leaking propane vessels.

“One of the impacted propane vessels has been repaired, the product has been offloaded, and is now awaiting transportation,” stated the county.

“The remaining propane vessel will be up-righted this morning, and reassessed for potential risks.”

It’s hoped residents forced from their homes will be able to return early Tuesday afternoon, said the release.

“We are working diligently to get residents back in their homes as soon as it is safe to do so,” it said.

CN Rail said no goods from the train’s intermodal containers had spilled following the accident.

Swalwell is about 100 km northeast of Calgary.

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