Train Carrying Oil, Gas Derails West of Edmonton

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GAINFORD, Alberta (AP) -A small town in the Canadian province of Alberta has been evacuated after a tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed overnight.

Three cars of the Canadian National tanker train are leaking and on fire. Emergency crews are battling the massive blaze, trying to keep other cars from exploding.

The train came off the tracks in the hamlet of Gainford, about 50 miles west of Edmonton. It has a population of about 100.

A Canadian National spokesman says 13 cars - four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquified petroleum gas - came off the tracks around 1 a.m. local time.

In July, a runaway oil train derailed and several cars exploded in a small Quebec town, killing 47 people and destroying the downtown area.

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