(EMO, ON) – On February 18, 2020 at approximately 8:30 p.m. officers from the Ontario Provincial Police, Rainy River District Detachment were called to assist the Canadian National Railroad with a train derailment at the Highway 602 crossing South of Emo.
The OPP assisted the CNR with an initial precautionary evacuation of an 800-metre radius from the crossing and also with traffic control as Highway 602 was closed and unpassable.
The OPP would like to notify the public that the precautionary evacuation has been lifted and residents are able to return to their homes as there is no risk to public safety.
Further, Highway 602 remains closed and is unpassable. Persons who need to travel in this area will need to take alternate routes and use Highway 613 to access those areas. It is unknown when Highway 602 at the CNR crossing will be open and usable for the public.
There was no injuries and no fire due to the incident. CN stated that preliminary investigation indicates that no oil has entered the nearby waterway.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating what caused the train to derail.