UPDATE 4-Western Canada train hauling fuel derails, burns; no injuries

Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:03pm EDT
 
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* Westbound CN Rail train derails near Edmonton

* One car of liquid petroleum gas explodes, three on fire

* No injuries, but critics warn of crude-by-rail risks

* CN promises to clean up crash site, repair damage

By Nia Williams

CALGARY, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A train carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas derailed and caught fire in Western Canada on Saturday, in an accident that brought back memories of a deadly crash in Quebec this summer.

But Saturday's accident, in open country just outside the tiny settlement of Gainford, Alberta, caused no injuries, and emergency services said they were opting to let the fire burn itself out rather than approach the blaze.

The 134-car mixed freight train was operated by Canadian National Railway, Canada's largest railroad, and was heading from Alberta's capital, Edmonton, to Vancouver, on the Pacific Coast.

CN Chief Operating Officer Jim Vena said 13 cars had derailed, and three, all carrying flammable liquid petroleum gas, caught fire. The derailed cars that carried crude oil had not leaked or caught fire, he said.   Continued...