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A spokesman for the Canadian National Railway defended the company Thursday after the seventh derailment in one month, saying the company has the best accident record compared to other rail lines in North America.
"Our safety performance compares favourably with the rest of the industry," said Mark Hallman. He was commenting after a train derailed Wednesday night between Chilliwack and Abbotsford, B.C., and 10 cars spilled dry sulphur near the Fraser River.
On Aug. 3, a CN train came off the tracks and spilled hundreds of thousands of litres of bunker oil and toxic wood treating oil along the shore and into Lake Wabamun, west of Edmonton.
Two days later, another CN train bound for Prince George, B.C., derailed over the Cheakamus Canyon near Squamish, dumping more than 40,000 litres of highly corrosive sodium hydroxide into the river. Thousands of fish and other wildlife were killed.
While the company has suffered more than 70 derailments so far this year compared to 49 in the same period last year, Hallman said the figures are misleading because the statistics from this year also include those of B.C. Rail.
That company was acquired by CN last July.