MONTREAL, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Iron Ore Company of Canada confirms that early in the morning of 6 November a derailment occurred on the QNS&L railway near Sept-Iles, in the province of Quebec. The locomotive of the train, which was transporting empty cars and travelling from Sept-Iles, was found submerged in water. Preliminary information suggests that a landslide caused the derailment.
The Conductor is unaccounted for and his family has been notified. Our first priority is locating our employee.
IOC Emergency Services & Security are responding to the scene along with support from the Sureté du Quebec and the Transportation Safety Board.
All railway traffic has been suspended until further notice as we investigate the cause of the incident.
We are deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees and will continue to provide updates as details become available.
IOC is a leading manufacturer of iron ore products in Canada and its customer base covers North American, European and Asian steel producers. The Company operates a mine, concentrator and a pelletizing plant in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as port facilities located in Sept-Îles (Quebec). It also operates a 418-kilometer railroad that links the mine to the port. IOC has approximately 2500 employees and its major shareholder and operator is the international mining group Rio Tinto, which has activities in more than 40 countries throughout the world.
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