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UPDATED: Train derailment in Stellarton

A train derailed in Stellarton near Riverbank Street.
A train derailed in Stellarton near 117 Riverbank St. Oct. 9. - Kevin Adshade

STELLARTON, N.S. - Three rail cars went off the tracks near Riverbank Street in Stellarton around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Oct. 9, the company that owns the railroad has confirmed.

At the scene near 117 Riverbank St., two rail cars could be seen laying on their sides. Bridge Avenue was closed briefly, but reopened shortly afterward. Riverbank Street was also closed for a time.

Stellarton Fire Chief Dwight Campbell said the cars were carrying carbon black, which is used in tire manufacturing. It is non-combustible and non-hazardous, he said.

The track is part of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway which is owned by Genesee and Wyoming Railroad Services.

“There are no injuries, no danger to the public and no traffic disruption,” said Michael Williams, vice-president, corporate communications for Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.

Williams said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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