CN Freight train derailment 30 miles east from Maine border

8:03 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick (AP) - A freight train carrying crude oil and propane has derailed and caught fire in a sparsely populated region of Canada.

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Emergency officials in northwestern New Brunswick have ordered the evacuation of about two dozen homes in the community of Plaster Rock. It's unclear at this point how big the fire is or whether anyone was hurt.

UPDATE, 12PM EST (1PM local time): Canadian officials say the fire is still burning in several of the derailed cars, but is under control. It appears right now that there are no injuries. Approximately 150 people were evacuated because of the trail derailment.

The Canadian National Railway says the freight train was headed to Moncton from Central Canada when it ran into trouble around 7:00pm. The train's engineer and conductor were the only people on the train. There are a total of 17 cars in all off the tracks, 5 carrying crude oil and 3 with propane.

In July, 47 people were killed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when a train carrying crude oil derailed. Another oil train from North Dakota derailed and exploded in Alabama in November, causing no deaths but releasing an estimated 749,000 gallons of oil from 26 tanker cars.


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