By: Steve Dellar | 10-23-2017 | News
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Canadian Town Evacuated after Chemical Train Derails

Dozens of homes just north of Edmonton, Canada were evacuated as a precautionary measure following a train derailment. Witnesses said they were concerned to see the derailed cars were leaking oil.

Mr Patrick Potter, who lives in the area, said about 10 cars appeared to had gone off the tracks. The derailed cars appeared to be tanker cars, with an oil like substance leaking from them. Mr Potter: “There’s literally a train derailment in my backyard. When I walked up on the tracks to check if the conductor was OK, you could see that some of the cars were leaking.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The derailment happened right behind Patrick Potter’s yard. “Literally an oil leak in my yard” <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#yeg</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Kim Smith (@Kim_SmithTV) <a href="">October 22, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Ms Teri Gosselin, who also lives near where the accident took place, says she heard the "craziest noise" ever: "Just the loudest kind of metal-on-metal noise you could ever imagine. I was just having lunch and then we heard this crazy noise and then I looked out the window and all the cars were stacked together. You couldn't quite smell the oil but you could see the sheen of oil or some sort of fuel on the cars. It was pretty unsettling and there were train parts everywhere."

Ms Gosselin said an emergency crew member had told them to leave the area because of concern for the flammable materials the train was carrying.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update: “rail cars were carrying crude and two of the cars leaked a small amount of product, 30 to 50 litres.” <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#yeg</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Kim Smith (@Kim_SmithTV) <a href="">October 23, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The people who had been forced to leave their homes could begin returning home after 7 pm, when Sturgeon County officials said an all clear had been given.

Spokesperson for train company CN Mr Patrick Waldron commented: "We continue to work alongside local emergency responders. The cause of the incident is under investigation.”

Officials confirmed that emergency services would remain at the scene and that the clean-up efforts would continue for the next few days.


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Anonymous No. 10177 2017-10-23 : 09:15

Oil, right. As if they're transporting oil in those.

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