‘They’re piling into each other just like a movie’ Terrifying moment huge 52 car freight train derails in front of shocked drivers sparking a fire on a crossing in Canada – and miraculously no one was injured
- The train was carrying grain when it fell from the tracks in Saskatoon
- No one was injured in the crash after emergency crews rushed to the scene
- The carriages piled up on top of one another as the cars backed up to safety
- Eyewitness called the accident ‘pretty wild’ as 30 cars were derailed
- Fire crews were called to put out a fire on the CN train near Warman
- A clean-up operation has started and an investigation has been launched
This is the terrifying moment a huge 52 car freight train derailed in front of shocked drivers on a crossing in Canada.
Shocking dashcam footage shows the carriages, carrying grain, beginning to fall from the tracks as cars wait for it to pass.
Miraculously no one was injured in the incident after it was filmed in Saskatoon, Canada.
The footage begins with cars pulling up to stop as the CN train comes into view and passes across the road.
A number of the carriages travel on without trouble but towards the middle of the train they begin to wobble and dust is thrown up from the ground.
The locomotive then begins to derail and carriages pile up on top of one another as the nearby vehicles back up to safety surrounded by black clouds.
Dashcam footage captured the moment a 52 car freight train derailed in Saskatoon, Canada
The clip shows the carriages beginning to wobble as they pass the cars waiting on the crossing
After one carriage falls the rest quickly follow and dust is thrown up from the ground
The car backs away to safety after the driver witnessed the carriages carrying grain fall
An aerial shot shows the 30 carriages piled up following the terrifying crash earlier in the week
Eyewitness Rachel Baird said: ‘It was kicking up some snow and I thought, ‘Gosh, this thing is going to tip. And then sure enough it slowly tips over.
‘Of course next one, the next one, three or four just tip over but then they’re piling into each other just like a movie. It was pretty wild.’
Fire crews were called to the incident near Warman on Tuesday morning.
They say 30 cars were derailed in the incident and that a fire broke out.
The woman who shot the footage said she felt the crash in her car and that the sound was louder than her microphone picked up.
Saskatoon Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Roger told CTV Saskatoon during the incident: ‘We have a fire that’s flowing. The liquid fuel, the diesel, is actually flowing and igniting at the same time so it provides some additional challenge to control that.’
He added: ‘All I’m aware of is that there was 30 that left the track. And they were pretty much kind of accordioned side by side all across the roadway.’
No one was injured in the incident after the emergency services raced to the scene
Saskatoon Fire Department confirmed the train caught alight following the crash
Fire crews were called to the incident near Warman on Tuesday morning
Saskatoon Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Roger confirmed 30 cars left the track
Mayor of nearby Warman Sheryl Spence told CBC: ‘We need to be thankful and grateful that there was no injuries and that it’s being cleaned up so quickly.’
By Wednesday all the derailed cars had been taken away and a clean-up operation was in place to repair the track.
A CN spokesperson said: ‘CN apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this incident.’
Transportation Safety Board investigators are now working to find the cause of the accident.