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Train Derailment: Cars Carrying Oil, Gas Come Off Tracks West Of Edmonton Canada

October 19, 2013

Thirteen train cars carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil have derailed near Gainford, GAINFORD, Alta. – Emergency crews are battling a massive fire after a tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton overnight.

Thirteen cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine carrying liquefied petroleum gas — came off the tracks around 1 a.m. local time in the hamlet of Gainford, about 80 kilometres from the provincial capital, authorities said Saturday.

Two cars containing gas are leaking, and officials said they fear there could be an explosion.

“It’s still leaking, so there is that risk of explosion,” said Carson Mills, spokesman for Parkland County, which includes Gainford.

“It’s still a risky situation so we need to contain as much as possible and keep people far away.”

The area is under a state of emergency and the entire community of roughly 100 has been evacuated, he said.

No injuries have been reported so far.

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