Alberta town evacuated after oil train crash causes huge blaze

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Alberta town evacuated after oil train crash causes huge blaze

The Guardian headline said "Canadian town", so I thought they had dragged up a story about Lac Mégantic. Nope. This is in the tiny hamlet of Gainford, Alberta.

Emergency crews battled a massive fire on Saturday after a Canadian National tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton, Alberta, overnight. No injuries have been reported so far.

A Canadian National spokesman, Louis-Antoine Paquin, said 13 cars four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquified petroleum gas came off the tracks around 1am local time in the hamlet of Gainford, about 50 miles from Edmonton. The entire community of roughly 100 people was evacuated.

Holy shit...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/19/canada-rail-fire-derailment

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Saw it on the news this morning. It was a big fire at 1030 am, but it looked a ways away from the town which is on the other side of the tracks... unlike Lac Megantic, where the trains exploded right in town. I'll have to look for an update.

 

ETA: Too hot to get close to, so they're letting it burn out.

jerrym

This is already being discussed under in National News

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