Oil, Gas Train Derails; Cars Burst Into Flames

GAINFORD, Alberta (October 19, 2013)—Crews were battling a massive fire Saturday after a Canadian National tanker train hauling oil and gas derailed overnight west of Edmonton, Alberta.

No injuries have been reported so far.

Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said Saturday that 13 cars, four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquefied petroleum gas, derailed at around 1 a.m. local time in the hamlet of Gainford, about 50 miles from Edmonton.

The town of roughly 100 people was evacuated.

Paquin says three cars containing gas are leaking and on fire.

Officials said that poses the risk of an explosion.

In July, a runaway oil train derailed and several cars exploded in a small Quebec town, killing 47 people and destroying the downtown area.

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