Crews were hard at work Wednesday clearing the stage for a train derailment near Craven, Sask., About 30 miles northwest of Regina.
A CP Rail train with potassium chloride derailed Tuesday night just south of the village, where the rails cross Highway 20.
There were no injuries and no concerns for public safety, CP Rail said in a statement.
Pictures posted by the village and others on social media show railway cars with serious damage.
Austin Van Cryenest was on his way home from work around 9:30 p.m. CST Tuesday when he bumped into the scene.
“I was on my way up to the train tracks, and I saw this huge hill there, which I have never seen before, and everyone stopped. The train light was on. And then I turned on my light, and then a huge pile of trains shines. ” he said.
Van Cryenest estimated the number of derailed train cars to be double-digit.
He said he saw piles of pink dust around the ambulances.
In a Facebook post, the Village of Craven asked people to avoid the area to allow emergency crews to work.
The Lumsden Fire Department responded to the scene and cleared it of any “additional hazards,” the department said in a statement.
The fire department was eventually relieved by CP officials, who the company said were dispatched as soon as it was warned of the derailment.
CP crews were still in the process of cleaning up the site of the derailment Wednesday morning.
Canpotex has confirmed that the derailed cars are owned by the company. They have addressed all other requests to CP.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
Highway 20 in Craven remains at least partially blocked off, although some vehicles were able to cross the railroad section this morning.
The Village of Craven, however, said traffic is expected to be very slow.
Village officials continue to direct travelers to or from Regina to use Highway 99 or Highway 6 as an alternative route.
Craven has a population of about 210. The village is best known as the site of the annual Country Thunder music festival.