Another Canadian freight train derails in Alberta, no injuries

Reuters

By Jeffrey Hodgson

TORONTO, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying lumber and sulfur dioxide derailed inthe Western Canadian province of Alberta on Sunday, but therewere no injuries or spills of dangerous goods, a spokesman forthe railway said.

Rail safety has become a central issue in Canada since arunaway Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train carrying crude oilexploded in the center of the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic inJuly, killing 47 people.

And Sunday's derailment comes just two weeks after anotherCanadian National Railway train carrying crude oil and liquefiedpetroleum gas derailed and caught fire in Alberta. That crashcaused no casualties.

The train that derailed on Sunday was traveling eastboundnear the hamlet of Peers, Alberta, which is about 110 miles (177km) from the provincial capital of Edmonton, when 13 freightcars went off the tracks at about 1 a.m. local time.

Twelve of the cars were carrying lumber, the railway said,while one was a dangerous-goods tanker car carry sulfur dioxide,a toxic gas.

A spokesman for Canadian National said the dangerous-goodscar was upright and not leaking and there were no environmentalconcerns or threats to the public.

"The crews are on site and the cause of the derailment lastnight remains under investigation," Patrick Waldron said, addingthat the railway, Canada's largest, did not have an estimate forwhen the line would reopen.

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