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Train Carrying Oil Derails and Catches Fire in Canada

The Canadian National Railway Company train derailed near the Ontario community of Gogama, in the second derailment in the area less than a month.

TORONTO — A Canadian National Railway Company train carrying crude oil derailed near the northern Ontario community of Gogama, with multiple cars on fire and some leaking oil into a waterway, the company said on Saturday.

There were no injuries reported from the derailment, CN's second in the region in just three days and third in less than a month. It was the latest in a series of North American derailments involving trains hauling crude oil, raising concerns about rail safety.

The railway said a bridge over a waterway had been damaged and that five tank cars landed in the water, with some on fire. "CN emergency responders are acquiring booms to contain crude oil movements in the waterway," CN spokesman Mark Hallman said in an email, adding that initial indications were that the waterway does not supply drinking water to Gogama.

CN said the crude oil on the train originated in Alberta and was destined for Eastern Canada. It said the tank cars were the newer Casualty Prevention Circular 1232 model, which are widely regarded as better-protected against damage than older types.

The incident comes after another derailment on March 5 blocked CN's main line in northern Ontario. CN said the latest derailment occurred just before 3 a.m. Saturday 2 miles northwest of Gogama, which is some 373 miles north of Toronto. A CN train carrying crude oil also derailed about 23 miles away on Feb. 14.

Meanwhile in the U.S., a fires caused by a derailed oil train in Illinois continued to burn Saturday, two days after the derailment near Galena, located in the northwest corner of the state, officials said. Fire crews expected to extinguish the fires sometime Saturday, a local official said.


— Reuters