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CN Rail Washout 2011

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  • Chetwynd Washout 16CN train G84751-13 derailed along the Bulkley subdivision of CN’s northern British Columbia lines near Andimaul, BC (between Smithers, BC, and Terrace, BC). The incident, which occurred at approximately 1619hrs PDT on Wednesday, July 13th, affected trains running between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
  • Track was repaired as of 0155hrs PDT on Friday, July 15th. Customers should expect minor delays as we clear traffic backlogs.
  • Train 473 derailed at mile 636 Chetwynd Sub. All 3 engines in the consist are on the ground and its unknown how many cars are derailed as the crew is unable to exit the unit to inspect the train. Apparent cause is a washout on the Pine river due to high rain fall in the area.


Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

For Immediate Release


July 6, 2011

   Highway 97 in Pine Pass opens to traffic

Chetwynd Washout  CN RailCHETWYND – Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Mackenzie Junction will reopen today at 7 p.m. with traffic piloted through the work zones from both the north and south ends.

A single lane will be open to passenger vehicles and to commercial vehicles with legal weights and dimensions, single trailer units only.

When travelling through this construction zone, motorists are asked to use caution, obey signage and follow the instructions of the traffic control personnel.

Further route information is available on DriveBC at: www.drivebc.ca as well as on the ministry’s Peace Flooding website at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/Peace_Region_Advisory/

Fifteen sites along Highway 97 in the Pine Pass were damaged during a one-in-40-year rainfall event on June 25 and 26. Over 100 people, with over 60 pieces of equipment, are working to repair the highway. This includes the reconstruction of the road at several major washout sites.

Highway 29 between Chetwynd and Hudson Hope, which reopened July 1 to single-lane alternating traffic, is now open to two-way traffic.

The ministry and its maintenance contractors have been aggressively repairing damage from the rain storm. Roads in the Peace region were damaged in over 150 locations; about 70 per cent of the sites have been repaired and reopened.


Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom –

“I applaud the hard work of everyone who has helped to repair and reopen Highway 97. I saw the flood damage first-hand, and I know it has taken an extraordinary effort to reopen the road so quickly. I’m sure that local residents and those who rely on the highway for their livelihoods are extremely grateful, as am I.

Learn More:

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For details on flood repair progress report and photos, please visit the ministry’s website at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/Peace_Region_Advisory/

Contact: Jeff Knight

Government Communications and Public Engagement

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

250 356-7707

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

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