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40+ Canadian Pacific Rail Cars Carrying Potash Derail in Alberta (VIDEO)


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Around 43 Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail cars derailed northeast of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Sunday morning, RCMP say.

Mounties responded to a train derailment between Range Roads 251 and 252 at 8:15 a.m. near Highway 3.

RCMP said there were no injuries or concerns to public safety.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation, but the item carried by the rail cars makes this event extremely suspicious.

Potash. 

What’s potash?

From the Government of Canada:

Potash is the common name given to a group of minerals and chemicals that contain potassium (chemical symbol K), which is a basic nutrient for plants and an important ingredient in fertilizer. Most potash is produced as potassium chloride (KCl). However, we often measure and refer to it in terms of potassium oxide (K2O) equivalence for consistency because deposits can have different percentages of potassium.

Potash is primarily used to produce fertilizer.

After this incident, expect fertilizer costs to continue soaring through the roof.

CBC reported:

About 43 westbound Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail cars carrying potash derailed northeast of Fort Macleod, Alta., Sunday morning, RCMP say.

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At 8:15 a.m., Mounties responded to a train derailment between Range Roads 251 and 252, near Highway 3. Fire crews and CP Rail also came to the scene, according to police.

There are no injuries or concerns to public safety, RCMP say.

CP crews have started recovery work, a spokesperson for CP Rail told CBC News in an email.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation, they added.

RCMP said traffic in the area is being re-routed. Westbound Highway 3 traffic is being diverted onto the shoulder of the road for the next several hours as crews work at the scene.

Police are asking the public to try and avoid the area.



 

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