20 Miles From Maine Border Train Carrying Crude & Propane Derails
Canadian firefighters and other safety officials continue to battle a train derailment fire approximately 20 miles from the Maine border in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. The train which was hauling both crude oil and propane continues to burn this morning and has forced the evacuation of more than 150 residents within a 1.24 mile radius of the fire.
15 cars and one locomotive has derailed. The train consisted of 4 locomotives and 122 cars. Four cars that derailed were carrying propane and four were carrying crude. The derailment happened last night a little before 7pm.
Luckily, the train left its tracks about 3 miles from Plaster Rock village in a wooded area. The train’s engineer and conductor, the only passengers, where not injured in the derailment.
This past July, 47 people were killed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec when a train carrying crude derailed in that town. The accident also comes just a few days after another train carrying crude in North Dakota derailed and started on fire.