May 23, 2018
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Train carrying propane derails in Canada; cars intact

By Reuters

TORONTO — A regional train carrying propane derailed in Nova Scotia, but none of the cars appeared to be damaged or leaking, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday.

Two people were on the train, which is operated by the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway, and no injuries have been reported, said Cpl. Scott MacRae.

Police have evacuated a handful homes in a 1½-mile radius of the accident in West River Station, a rural area about 93 miles northeast of Halifax.

It was unclear exactly how many cars carrying propane derailed in the accident. Police said five cars were involved, while a company spokesman said seven cars derailed and that all were intact.

The derailment occurred at the 26th car in the 43-car freight train, said Denis Boucher, a spokesman for the regional carrier, which is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Genesee & Wyoming owns short line and regional freight railroads in Canada, the United States, Australia and Europe.

Police, fire services, emergency responders and environmental officials were on site at the accident and fire services would stay until the scene was cleaned up, MacRae added.

“It’s believed the possibility of an explosion or fire is minimal,” said MacRae.

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