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Elementary school near Prince George closed again today, after train derailed on Thursday

BY , Mar 6, 2020 8:31 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Apr 24, 2020 3:32 PM

An elementary school northeast of Prince George is closed again today as crews clean up following a train derailment yesterday morning, barely 200 metres from the school grounds.

Canadian National confirms 27 cars jumped the tracks and what is described as ``a small amount'' of petroleum coke, a non-hazardous product of the refining process, spilled into a nearby creek.

CN says environmental experts and regulatory officials are overseeing that clean up, while the Transportation Safety Board will lead an investigation into the cause of the crash.

None of the workers on the train, and no staff or students at Giscome Elementary were hurt when the freight train derailed at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday, but the school was evacuated as a precaution.

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