Derailed Canadian National crude train still burning

Sun Mar 8, 2015 6:55pm EDT
 
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By Jeffrey Hodgson

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying crude oil that derailed near the northern Ontario community of Gogama early on Saturday is still on fire, the company said late on Sunday.

The derailment is 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.

"Fire suppression activities are beginning, as is construction of the track diversion," CN spokesman Mark Hallman said in an email, adding that responders were working in shifts around the clock.

He said air quality monitoring has indicated no air issues at either Gogama or a nearby aboriginal community.

The Ontario Provincial Police said at midday on Twitter that the fire was burning at 80 percent of full size and posted a photo from the morning showing thick clouds of black smoke still coming from the site.

The police force reopened a nearby highway closed after the derailment, but warned there would be delays for residents as CN moves equipment.

The railway said on Saturday that a bridge over a waterway had been damaged and that five tank cars had landed in the water. Oil had leaked into the water and booms were deployed to try to contain it.

CN said the crude oil on the train originated in Alberta and was destined for Eastern Canada.   Continued...