UPDATE: Notification Lacking After Train Derails In SarniaJuly 12, 2018 4:20pm
Sarnia’s emergency planner is expressing concerns over the lack of notification about a train derailment at the CN rail yard near Indian Rd. late Thursday morning.
Cal Gardner says the company didn’t call 911 after around ten rail cars with various products in them tipped over. He says they called a firefighter’s cell phone instead.
“That’s not the way that we do things around here,” says Gardner. “We want calls going to 911 so that it’s recorded and time-stamped, and also so that all emergency services are aware including industry in the area.”
Police first learned of the derailment after a call was placed by Blackburn News seeking information over the noon hour.
Gardner says a CVECO community alert was issued, but not until well after the incident occurred.
Sarnia Fire and Rescue was at the scene as a precaution for much of the afternoon.
Gardner says city staff will be meeting with company and emergency officials in the coming days to discuss the issue.
A CN spokesman says there were no injuries, spills, or public safety threats.
-With files from Stephanie Chaves