One of two men trapped after freight train derails south of Thompson, Man. sent to hospital
One of two men trapped in a locomotive after a freight train derailed in northern Manitoba Saturday night has been sent to hospital in critical condition. The other man is still trapped according to the Thompson Fire department.
The derailment happened around 6:15 p.m. when a rail bridge gave out on a remote section of the Hudson Bay Rail line near Ponton, Man., according to Deputy Chief Selby Brown from the Thompson Fire Department.
Ponton is roughly 145 km southwest of Thompson, Man. and roughly 545 km northwest of Winnipeg.
Brown said two workers were trapped in a locomotive and rescue efforts were underway to free the employees as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. One of the men was rescued by crews early Sunday, and efforts are still underway to free the other man.
The train had three locomotive engine cars and 27 cars carrying liquefied petroleum at the time of the derailment and a HAZMAT crew was sent from Thompson along with rescue equipment.
Brown said the first seven cars went off the track, and early reports indicate none of the cars were leaking their load.
Brown said the train had been going over a creek bed or bog when it derailed.
Multiple agencies including RCMP, the Snow Lake Fire Department and the Northern Health Authority were helping efforts at the scene late Saturday.
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