Ontario derailment causes small jet-fuel spill

Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:51pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian National freight train derailed on Sunday and spilled jet fuel near Cobourg, Ontario, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Toronto, leading officials to evacuate about a dozen homes, media reported.

The accident, near Cobourg on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, involved up to 25 rail cars, at least two of them carrying jet fuel, Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported on its website.

An undetermined amount of fuel spilled in the incident. Crews contained it quickly, and there is no immediate risk that any would flow into the lake. A small grass fire ignited by the accident was extinguished.

A spokesman for Canadian National Railway, the country's largest, was not immediately available to provide further details.

All freight and passenger service has been halted on the line, including VIA Rail Canada's regular service connecting Toronto, Canada's financial center, with Montreal and Ottawa, the federal capital.

VIA said in a statement it is running alternative transportation until the regular service resumes.

Provincial emergency officials told residents of the evacuated area to be prepared to be away from home for several days.

(Reporting by Frank McGurty, Editing by Eric Walsh)