Canadian Pacific trains in La Crescent

Canadian Pacific train cars pictured on the railroad tracks in La Crescent last month.

Canadian Pacific Railway is investigating what caused 13 train cars to come off the tracks just north of La Crescent Sunday, Nov. 19.

There were no injuries as a result of the derailment and no hazardous materials were involved, said Canadian Pacific spokesman Andy Cummings. A Canadian Pacific train moving at a slow speed around 11 a.m., Sunday, on a yard track north of La Crescent derailed the cars, he added.

“CP immediately enacted our emergency response plan, dispatching personnel and equipment to the site to begin the process of recovering from this incident,” Cummings said . “That work is ongoing. Following inspection, we were able to begin moving trains through the site on an adjacent track early Monday morning.”

A small amount of sand did spill from some of the derailed cars but no rail cars or product came in contact with the Mississippi River, according to the Canadian Pacific spokesman.“CP environmental experts and contractors are on scene as part of the recovery process,” Cummings said.

La Crescent police chief Doug Stavenau said his department provided site security around the area of the incident while Canadian Pacific conducted a cleanup operation, which he expected to be completed quickly. Stavenau also thanked residents of Shore Acres who may have been affected by the derailment for their patience.

Speaking this week, Cummings said the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

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Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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