One person injured in Prescott, Ont. freight train collision

PRESCOTT, ONT. — Two freight trains have collided along the tracks in Prescott, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police say emergency crews are on the scene at the train tracks near Edward Street in the town 95 km south of Ottawa.

Police said in a tweet two cargo trains have collided.

Photos show an engine and several rail cars on its side along the tracks. CTV News Ottawa’s Nate Vandermeer reports nine cars have left the tracks.

The OPP tells CTV News Ottawa one person was treated on scene for minor injuries. 

“It was quite a mess,” said Duane Le Grand, an employee at Northern Cables.

Le Grand tells CTV News Ottawa they could hear the collision inside the plant.

“I was in the plant, I could hear it. The noise, I thought one of the machines blew up,” said Le Grand.

“The noise just kept escalating. Looked out, sure enough the train’s all there.”

On Twitter, one person said it felt like an earthquake when the trains collided and derailed. Another person reported hearing a “very loud bang” at the time of the incident. has reached out to CN Rail for more information.

The CN Rail line remained closed through Prescott, Ont. Thursday afternoon. 

This is a developing story. CTV News Ottawa will have the latest as it becomes available.

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