A track inspector surveys the scene of a train derailment next to Tolko in Lavington Wednesday morning.

A track inspector surveys the scene of a train derailment next to Tolko in Lavington Wednesday morning.

Crews scramble after rail cars derail

Train gets off track in Lavington Wednesday morning

A train got off track in Lavington Wednesday morning.

Five cars were derailed next to the Tolko mill, with two spilling their loads of cedar poles next to the tracks.

“It happened while they were switching the cars out,” said Pat Donnelly, plant manager at Tolko’s Lavington division.

“We don’t know the specific causes of it but we will be getting to the bottom of it.”

No one was injured in the incident, but it is anticipated to take upwards of one week to 10 days to clean up the mess and fix any damage to the railway tracks, operated by Kelowna Pacific Rail.

This is one of the most significant train derailments to take place in Lavington.

“We’ve had minor derailments but nothing like this with cars over,” said Donnelly.

The two end cars landed on their side and spilled loads of poles from Gorman Bros. Lumber, but the product is believed to be salvageable.

The remaining cars, one of which was sitting at 45 degrees, contained Tolko product which is also anticipated to be recovered.

“It won’t be any significant loss of product,” said Donnelly, adding that additional trucking resources will be needed to keep operations running while the track is cleaned up.