Kingston, Ont. businesses feeling the impact after Wednesday morning train derailment

Businesses and residents are now picking up the pieces after a train carrying adipic acid derailed in Kingston, Ont. on Wednesday morning.

Rail crews worked overnight removing the wreckage and repairing the tracks. CN Rail told Global News that eight of the freight train’s cars derailed on an industrial spur line that leads to the Invista plant.

There were no injures or chemical spills as a result of the derailment.

The two-day closure of Bath Rorad from Armstrong and Queen Mary roads, however, forced many nearby businesses to close shop until the railcars were removed and the level tracks were cleared.

“The car dealership across the street, they’re on commission, too, and it’s just hard to eat if you’re not making sales,”

The furniture store is located metres from the derailment scene on Bath Road. Due to the cleanup, Whan says the store remained open because the back of the building, where shipping is done,  is still accessible and deliveries needed to be done.

Other than that, Whan says the store has seen minimal foot traffic and it’s affecting revenue.

“I thought about taking advantage of the derailment and make a crazy sale around it but I thought better of it,”  said Whan with a smirk.

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