A mudslide forced an eastbound CP Rail freight train to make an emergency stop early Thursday morning. File photo

UPDATE: Mudslide on CP Rail tracks near Sicamous

CP working to remove debris from tracks, hoping to have the line reopened by midday today.

CP Rail workers are in the process of cleaning up a mudslide that came down on railway tracks near Sicamous sometime before 5 a.m.

CP spokesperson Andy Cummings said at 5 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, an eastbound mixed freight train “encountered a mud that was effecting tracks ahead, about nine kilometres west of Sicamous.”

He said the train crew initiated an emergency stop. The train went into the debris-covered portion of the track but did not derail.

“There were no injuries, no public safety concerns and no product was released as a result of the incident,” said Cummings.

“Crews are now on site working to carefully move the train from the effected track, and then they will begin the process of clearing the tracks of material from the slide.”

Cummings said an engineer will be brought in to do a geotechnical survey of the mudslide by helicopter, and that CP is currently planning to have the rail line back on operation by midday today.