Rock slide cause train derailment in McLure

An east bound train derailed upright 25 kilometers north of Kamloops in the McLure area

The CN mainline travels the full length of the North Thompson Valley.

The CN mainline travels the full length of the North Thompson Valley.

Last Sunday seemed to be a perfect day for residents of McLure, plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures and a chance to get outside and work in the garden.

However, for those living in the Orchard Lake Road and Highway 5 area that peace was broken by the screeching sound of a train derailment followed by a large cloud of dust on the CN mainline at approximately 3:30 p.m.

CN Rail then confirmed that an east bound train had derailed upright 25 kilometers north of Kamloops as a result of a rock slide which caused two locomotives and nine rail cars to leave the tracks.

Fortunately the cars remained upright after the derailment, and CN was quick to confirm they were not carrying any dangerous goods on board the cars.

CN also confirmed there were no injuries and that cleanup crews were already on their way to the site by 4 p.m.

As of Monday CN had no estimated time on when the mainline would be restored.