January 27, 2014 / 12:37 PM / in 4 years

CN train derails in New Brunswick; no injuries reported

(Reuters) - Canadian National Railway Co said on Monday that five cars on one of its freight trains derailed in the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick, the second such incident this month. No injuries were reported.

The cars derailed late Sunday evening in the village of Saint-Basile, New Brunswick.

One car carried a load of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), CN spokesman Jim Feeny said in an email. He said there was no fire, and railroad workers and the local fire department were on the scene. There were no leaks reported, and no evacuation was planned.

The spokesman said of the four other derailed cars, three carried automobiles and the fourth, clay.

“The investigation into cause has begun, but it is too early to draw conclusions at this point,” Feeny said in an email.

A Canadian National train carrying LPG and crude oil derailed and caught fire earlier this month in northwest New Brunswick, Canada.

The safety record of North American railways has been under increased scrutiny since last July, when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in the heart of the town of Lac Megantic, Quebec, killing 47.

Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson in Toronto; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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