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UPDATE: Highway 97 now open in both directions near Bijoux Falls Provincial Park

UPDATE: Drive BC is reporting that Highway 97 is now open in both directions near Bijoux Falls Provincial Park. This is a developing story and details will be provided as they become available.

UPDATE: Drive BC is reporting that Highway 97 is now open in both directions near Bijoux Falls Provincial Park. 

This is a  developing story and details will be provided as they become available. 

ORIGINAL: Eight train cars carrying sulphur derailed near Mackenzie on a railway crossing Highway 97 South at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, a Canadian National Rail Co. spokesperson has confirmed.

Drive BC has indicated that Highway 97 will be blocked in both directions until further notice near Bijoux Falls Provincial Park.

There were no injuries reported and the cause of the derailment is under investigation, CN said.

Pierre Boivin, senior manager of stakeholder relations with CN Rail, told the Alaska Highway News Sunday night that the eight cars involved in the derailment were all carrying sulphur.

"The cars are upright and there are no indications that there is any spill or any environmental impacts," Boivin said.

CN crews will work through the night to clear the crossing "as soon as possible," Boivin added, but he did not know how long it would take. 

"At this point all we know is that Highway 97 is blocked," Boivin explained. "Our crews are en route. As soon as they arrive they are going to work to clear the crossing."

It's unclear at this time where the train originated from, or where it was headed.

As of 10:50 p.m. no detour was available, according to Drive BC.

There is no estimated time of opening.

The next update from Drive BC is scheduled for 1 a.m.

Sulphur is a byproduct of processing sour natural gas and petroleum.

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