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CN Reopens St. Clair River Tunnel

July 11, 2019

The St. Clair River Tunnel between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, has reopened for for rail traffic.

Canadian National finished laying new tracks in the tunnel, which had been closed after a June 28 derailment involving 46 cars and a mid-train DPU.

There were no injuries in the derailment, but sulfuric acid was spilled and had to be cleaned up.

“The spill caused no harm to the environment or to public safety as it was completely contained to the site of the derailment. The tunnel suffered only minor cosmetic damage and there was no impact to its structural integrity,” a CN spokesperson said.

Investigators have determined that the derailment began on the Canadian side of the border and therefore the Canadian Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.

During the tunnel closure, CN rerouted some trains between Toledo and Buffalo, New York, via CSX and Norfolk Southern.

Some CN trains were rerouted via Canadian Pacific routes.

The St. Clair River links Lake Huron and Lake Erie.

Workers Cleaning Up CN Wreck in St. Clair Tunnel

July 1, 2019

Workers were still cleaning up during the weekend more than 13,000 gallons of sulfuric acid that spilled in a Canadian National derailment Friday morning in the St. Clair River tunnel between Michigan and Canada.

Officials said crews are cleaning up the derailment from both sides of the border. Forty-six More than 40 cars of the westbound train derailed inside the tunnel, which links Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the derailment and whether it began on the U.S. or Canadian side of the border.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to the site but the Transportation Safety Board of Canada also has a team onsite as well.

TSC said in a statement that once the determination of where the derailment began is determined that country’s safety agency will be the lead agency in the investigation.

To remove the spilled acid, crews had to remove other derailed cars to reach the site. The acid was being pumped out of the tunnel.

Railroad officials have not provided an estimate of how long the more the tunnel will be closed.

More than a mile in length, the tunnel opened in 1995 to replace an adjacent tunnel built in 1891.

CN Derailment Blocks St. Clair Tunnel

June 28, 2019

Canadian National is diverting traffic that normally uses the St. Clair Tunnel in Michigan through Detroit after an early Friday morning derailment inside the tunnel linking the U.S. and Canada.

No injuries were reported in the derailment, which occurred around 6 a.m. and saw 40 cars of the westbound train jump the tracks in the middle of the tunnel.

CN officials said it could take days to repair the tunnel and its tracks.

The cleanup of the derailment is being undertaken by U.S. and Canadian workers because it occurred on the border between the two countries.

The tunnel connects Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, beneath the St. Clair River.