Bridge collapse sends freight train plunging into Ontario river

National Post | News

A wheel bearing failure was the cause of a Canadian Pacific train derailment and subsequent bridge collapse near Sudbury on Sunday, according to a preliminary CP investigation.

Several CP freight train cars fell into the Wanapitei River after a trestle bridge collapsed Sunday morning. There are no reports of injuries as a result of the incident, CP spokesperson Ed Greenberg said.

“Preliminary CP investigation has identified that one of the rail cars experienced a sudden and unexpected wheel bearing failure, which caused the rail car to derail just prior to the bridge,” said Mr. Greenberg. He added that the derailed car then struck the bridge, causing further infrastructure damage.

There was no indication of any bearing problems and the unexpected failure could not have been detected in advance, he said.

Mr. Greenberg said CP was working on identifying the types of consumer products in the containers.

“Preliminary investigation indicates there…

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