One worker dead after being trapped in derailed train in Manitoba

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THOMPSON, Man. - One of the two workers who were extricated from a train that derailed south of Thompson, Man., has died.

The Arctic Gateway Group, which recently purchased the Hudson Bay Railway, says in a statement that authorities have confirmed the death, adding that a second employee has sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

Deputy Chief Selby Brown says the workers were trapped in the train for hours as first responders tried to free them on Saturday evening and into the early hours of Sunday morning.

He says the train went off the tracks on a washed-out trestle bridge in a swampy area at about 6:30 p.m.

The company says the train had three locomotives and several dozen railcars, some of which were carrying liquefied petroleum.

It says that based on information it has received, it believes that none of the railcars has been compromised.

The Arctic Gateway Group says police are still notifying the affected families.

It says it is cooperating with the emergency services teams on site and will also be conducting a full internal review to determine the cause of the derailment.

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