Derailed Oil Train Still Burns, No Injuries

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick (AP) - Officials in Canada say a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane is continuing to burn, and about 150 people are still being kept away from their homes.

There were no deaths or injuries from the derailment.

The chief executive of CN Rail says of the 17 cars that derailed in New Brunswick late yesterday, five contain crude oil and four contain propane. He says some of the propane cars are venting and some of the crude cars are burning.

The railroad official says it's too early to say what caused the 122-car train to derail.

It happened in a sparsely-populated region about 20 miles from the border with northern Maine. And it again raised concerns about the increasing use of rail to carry oil throughout North America. In July, 47 people were killed in Quebec when a train carrying crude oil derailed.

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