It's a busy stretch for clean-up crews after a Tuesday-night train derailment a little west of Swift Current, but things shouldn't take more than a couple days to get back on track.
Swift Current Rural Fire Department Fire Chief Louis Cherpin said they received a call at 6 p.m. of the derailment of a CP train carrying potash eight kilometres west of Swift Current (near the Highway 32 overpass above Highway 1).
The locomotive and 12 of the 152 cars derailed at a switch in the track, though Cherpin said they can't tell yet whether the track switch caused the incident.
"It was quite busy for a while," said Cherpin. "We had our full department here with all hands on board. Lots of RCMP, lots of CP people on hand giving us a hand trying to come up with a plan to clean it up."
A little over three hours from receiving the call, Cherpin estimated about 100 gallons of fuel had leaked of the train's 4,500 gallons.
"We've stopped quite a bit. We are sucking it out of their tanks and putting it into some slip tanks to eliminate that. As for the potash, there is some on the side with the lids open. Not much on the ground right now, it's going to take some time to clean it up, but there isn't that much. But when they move everything off it's going to spill it all."
From what he's been told, Cherpin said it looks like it'll take two days to have things cleaned up.