Canada rail safety questioned after train derailment diesel leak

Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:52pm EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train derailment in Toronto caused a diesel leak near a residential area on Sunday, authorities said.

While a regulation body said there were no injuries, Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters about 1,200 liters (317 gallons) of diesel fuel were leaked.

The incident began with a westbound train striking an eastbound one that was changing tracks early in the morning, said Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesman Chris Krepski.

He said both trains derailed, with the westbound one, comprising two locomotives, leaking diesel.

The eastbound train carried "small quantities" of dangerous goods in one of its last cars, but there was no leakage, Krepski said.

He said the goods included non-flammable gas under pressure, compressed nitrogen, aerosol containers, wet batteries and alcoholic beverages.

It was not immediately clear when the track will reopen.

Canadian Pacific spokesman Martin Cej confirmed the car contained dangerous goods, but said there were no public safety concerns.

"The incident was a result of human error, so there were no track issues, no signaling issues, no mechanical issues," he said.   Continued...