CN train carrying grain derails in Alta.

CN train carrying grain derails in Alta.
Apr 06, 2023

Nearly 20 cars came off the tracks

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

A Canadian National (CN) train loaded with grain derailed in Alberta on April 5.

The derailment occurred around 6 a.m. near the intersection of Wye Road and Range Roads 213 and 214 east of Sherwood Park, Alta.

Seventeen cars derailed, CN says.

All were carrying grain, Strathcona County said in a Facebook post.

That’s a lot of grain.

One jumbo covered CN hopper car can carry up to 103 tonnes – or approximately 3,784 bushels of wheat. Or roughly 4,541 bushels of canola.

CN grain train spill
Spilled grain from a CN train in Alberta. (CTV Edmonton photo).

If all 17 derailed cars spilled all their grain, that’s about 64,328 bushels of wheat or 77,197 bushels of canola.

Investigators are on scene.

“We’re going to assess the situation,” Don Crawford, a regional senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, told Global News. “We’ll be looking at various things, whether it’s mechanical or road, or engineering, or possibly train handling.”

The track remained closed Wednesday, with trains starting to move through the area on Thursday. has contacted CN for details on what happened to the spilled grain and if CN would cover any costs associated with the spilled cargo.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Trending Video