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Calgary bridge is stabilized as crews work to remove train cars

June 27, 2013, Calgary – The City of Calgary says conditions have stabilized at the site of a bridge collapse that caused six cars to derail and start sinking into the Bow River.

June 27, 2013
By The Canadian Press

June 27, 2013, Calgary – The City of Calgary says conditions have stabilized at the site of a bridge collapse that caused six cars to derail and start sinking into the Bow River.

The city says the bridge has not collapsed any further since 9 a.m.

Canadian Pacific Railway says five of the cars are carrying a petroleum product used to dilute raw oilsands bitumen.

The city's acting fire chief has said crews are stringing a cable through the railcars and securing it to bulldozers on land.

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Ken Uzelok says crews hope to pull another train along a parallel bridge so the cargo can be pumped off and the empty cars removed with a crane.

The industrial area near the bridge has been evacuated and booms are being deployed down river in case of any spills.

There are no homes nearby, but several business are effected.