Fire at Canada train derailment burns through the night

By: | at 09:12 AM | Intermodal  

CN Rail fire buring near Plaster Rock, NB, CA
CN Rail fire buring near Plaster Rock, NB, CA

Fire burned into the early hours of Wednesday morning after a Canadian National Railway train carrying propane and crude oil derailed in New Brunswick, Canada, according to a report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The broadcaster reached Tim Corbin, fire chief of nearby Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, before sunrise. He said emergency services would assess the situation once there was daylight.

“The biggest concern is the propane cars,” Corbin told the CBC. “That’s our biggest concern because if they happen to explode, we’re looking at major damage.”

He said he did not know whether the cars carrying propane or crude oil were part of the fire.

Corbin could not immediately be reached for an update after sunrise. Sharon DeWitt, emergency measures coordinator for Plaster Rock, said more information would be available later Wednesday morning.

No one was injured but 45 homes were evacuated when the train derailed at about 7 p.m. local time (2300 GMT), local officials and the railroad said on Tuesday.

The derailment is the latest in a string of accidents that have put the expanding crude-by-rail business under growing scrutiny.

Further Updates:

11:50 AM EST

  • Cn Railway CEO says train involved in derailment was inspected before it left Montreal
  • CN Rail CEO says accident happened on its main line, company can send trains on alternate routes
  • CN Rail CEO says crude in train was Western Canada Crude

11:40 AM EST

  • CN Official says there are “a few cars that we do see flames coming off of”; CEO says “very controlled” burn

11:20 AM EST

  • CN Rail’s Mongeau says at this point “The issue is contained”
  • Emergency Measures Official says there are approximately 150 evacuees due to train derailment
  • Canadian National Railway CEO Claude Mongeau says 17 cars derailed, five carrying crude and four carrying propane

11:15 AM EST

  • New Brunswick Premier David Alward says impact of train derailment/fire on environment appear “minimal”

11:00 AM EST

  • CN Rail and officials work jointly to find best response to extinguish “the fires”, deal with derailed cars/contents
  • CN Rail says it has reports that fire has “diminished considerably” from last night
  • CN Rail says specialists’ goal is to determine which cars are on fire; inspection continues
  • CN Rail says its dangerous goods specialists safely approached “derailed and burning cars” at first light
  • Canadian National Railway company officials say the derailment includes 5 cars containing crude and 3 containing propane


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