Train carrying oil, gas derails west of Edmonton

8:16 PM, Oct 19, 2013   |    comments
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GAINFORD, Alberta (AP) - Firefighters battling a major blaze caused by the derailment of a Canadian National tanker train west of Edmonton, Alberta, early today have decided to withdraw and wait for the flames to burn themselves out. No injuries to people or livestock have been reported.

The latest derailment has raised more questions about rail safety that became a major issue after a runaway oil train derailed in a Quebec town in July, triggering explosions that killed 47 people.

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 the hamlet of Gainford, about 50 miles from Edmonton. Three cars began leaking and caught fire.

A local fire chief says with no further explosions expected from the 13 cars, withdrawing the firefighters is the safest thing to do.

About 100 people from the village of Gainford have been evacuated.

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