Event CategoryIncident
Event GroupTechnology
Event SubgroupHazardous Chemicals
Event TypeDerailment Release
PlaceHervey Junction QC
Event Start DateJanuary 21, 1995
Event End DateJanuary 21, 1995
CommentsHervey Junction QC, January 21, 1995. 28 of 44 rail cars containing sulphuric acid became derailed and spilled the majority of their contents; a total of 234 m? of acid spilled into Masketi Lake and the Towachiche River; the pH of the lake descended to 2.7 but rose to 5.3 after the addition of 170 tonnes of limestone and soda; all vegetation and wildlife were destroyed; the lake was closed for recreation for eight years, the river for five.
Fatalities0
Injured / Infected0
Evacuated0
Estimated Total CostUnknown
Federal DFAA Payments$0
Provincial DFAA Payments$0
Provincial Department PaymentsUnknown
Municipal CostsUnknown
OGD CostsUnknown
Insurance PaymentsUnknown
NGO PaymentsUnknown
Utility - People Affected0
Magnitude0.0