Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Canadian town evacuated after train carrying dangerous goods catches fire

Hazardous materials crews are en route to derailment site in Saskatchewan after petroleum distillate spills from two train cars

Train fire in Saskatchewan.
A Canadian National Railway Company train that derailed near Clair, Saskatchewan, and was carrying dangerous goods catches fire. Photograph: Wadena News/Reuters
A Canadian National Railway Company freight train carrying dangerous goods has derailed in central Saskatchewan in Canada and has caught fire.

The Saskatchewan government said Tuesday the derailment happened near the small community of Clair, which is being evacuated.

A highway has been closed in the area.

Provincial officials said hazardous materials crews were en route. CN spokesman Jim Feeny said the fire is coming from petroleum distillate, which spilled from two of the derailed cars.
“The cars of concern contain petroleum distillate. They spilled and that is the source of the fire,” Feeny said.

Feeny said the crew is not injured, but said they have reports from the local authorities that some nearby residents in the rural area have been evacuated. He said the train was made up of three locomotives pulling 100 cars and that 26 of them derailed Tuesday morning. He said 60 of the cars were empty and 40 were carrying goods.  MORE

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