Canadian Nat'l crude train derails in Ontario, on fire, leaking

Sat Mar 7, 2015 5:12pm EST
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By Jeffrey Hodgson

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian National Railway Co 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.

The Ontario Provincial Police said on Twitter that two highways had been closed near the derailment and posted a photo showing clouds of black smoke.

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.

Regulators and operators have criticized earlier DOT-111 cars for being prone to puncture. The CPC 1232's new safety specifications include a thicker tank, top-fitting protection and a pressure relief system.   Continued...