No one hurt after Port Colborne train derailment dumps three cars of wheat


Published March 20, 2023 at 9:19 am

In perhaps the least toxic train derailment in history, three train cars hopped the track over the weekend in Port Colborne spilling “a substantial amount of wheat” into a nearby parking lot.

At 10:25 am on March 18, Niagara Police along with the Port Colborne Fire Department and Niagara EMS were called to the scene when three cars tipped off the railway track near Main St. W and King St. in Port Colborne.

The train engineer and local residents weren’t injured in the fluke railway incident that saw the last three cars of a 14-car convoy simply fall over the the train made its way from the Sugarloaf Mill to the Robinhood Mill.

The three derailed cars were carrying Ontario wheat from one mill to the other.

The Ministry of Environment were called in instantly because it was a derailment and quickly ruled the wheat was not an environmental concern. The spilled wheat was quite literally vacuumed up by industrial cleaning trucks.

Since the cause of the derailment is unknown, both the Niagara Police and Transport Canada are continuing their investigation.

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