Plaster Rock, NB, Canada (4E) – A Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil, propane and other dangerous cargoes derailed in New Brunswick, Canada, Tuesday night igniting at least one car.
The train engineer and conductor of the 122-car train were not hurt in the 7 p.m. mishap but one derailed car believed to contain crude oil or propane caught fire. Black smoke from the fire prompted authorities to evacuate 50 to 60 residents of the nearby village of Plaster Rock, about 35 miles east of Caribou, Maine, to protect them from smoke inhalation.
Firefighters and first responders kept a safe distance from the burning car because they don’t know what is burning due to darkness and there is risk of an explosion, Plaster Rock Fire Chief Tim Corbin said Wednesday. They will wait until daylight to plan how to extinguish the fire, he said.
The train was heading east from Toronto to Moncton, New Brunswick when one car in front and 15 at the back derailed, Jim Feeny of CN Rail said. Of the derailed rear cars, four contain crude oil and four contain propane.