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Officials say no coal cars ended up in river after train derailed

The railway says 29 cars derailed at about 3:45 p.m. about seven kilometres west of Ashcroft. Investigators report that coal did end up in the Thompson River.

A Canadian National Railway official walks along the tracks after seven Canadian Pacific Railway train cars derailed on the CN Rail tracks spilling coal from three of the cars in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday January 11, 2014.

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A Canadian National Railway official walks along the tracks after seven Canadian Pacific Railway train cars derailed on the CN Rail tracks spilling coal from three of the cars in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday January 11, 2014.

ASHCROFT, B.C. — Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says no coal cars ended up in the Thompson River near Ashcroft, B.C., after a train derailed Thursday afternoon but some coal did get into the water.

CP Railway (TSX:CP) did not say in an update on the accident how much coal was in the river, but it says no dangerous goods were involved.

There were no injuries to the crew.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has sent two investigators to the scene to assess what happened.

The railway says 29 cars derailed at about 3:45 p.m. from a westbound freight train about seven kilometres west of Ashcroft.

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