Crude oil fire on derailed Canadian train extinguished
By Solarina Ho
TORONTO (Reuters) - A fire on a crude oil tanker on a Canadian National Railway Co train that derailed this week in New Brunswick was extinguished by Friday afternoon and CN said blazes on cars carrying liquid petroleum gas (LPG) would be put out shortly.
The CN train had been burning for a fourth day as crews worked to remove the last derailed freight cars adjacent to the fires. A total of 19 cars and one locomotive on the 122-car, four-locomotive train went off the rails on Tuesday evening near the village of Plaster Rock.
Almost half the derailed cars carried crude or LPG.
The accident happened a week after the fiery crash of a crude oil train in North Dakota. The incidents were the latest in a series of high-profile derailments involving dangerous goods in the past year. The incidents have put Canadian and U.S. regulators under intense pressure to toughen industry rules.
Transport Canada announced a proposal on Friday that will turn previously voluntary standards for tank car construction into enforceable regulations.
CN spokesman Jim Feeny said crude oil had leaked from the derailed train, but that the leak has been contained and the crude is being removed. Officials were still investigating the nature of the damage to all the train's tank cars and the volume of product affected.
Feeny said crews have removed tank and freight cars that were close to the LPG fires and have instigated a controlled burn on three LPG cars.
"That is the safest and most effective way to bring this to a conclusion quickly and safely," Feeny said from the site of the derailment. "A lot of progress has been made." Continued...