Cleanup continues after train carrying crude oil derails north of Edmonton

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 23, 2017

CN Rail says 12 rail cars carrying crude oil derailed Sunday afternoon in Sturgeon County.

Authorities have begun to clean up an estimated 30 to 50 liters (8 to 13 gallons) of crude that leaked from the train.

Almost 50 homes in the Sturgeon Valley were evacuated Sunday afternoon after a train carrying crude oil derailed in Sturgeon County.

A resident of River's Edge Place, Teri Gosselin, heard the clatter Sunday she described as the "craziest noise" she'd ever heard.

Residents were given the green light to return home after CN personnel assessed the area and determined there was no apparent danger, Moore said.

The evacuation affected approximately 46 homes in the Sturgeon Valley area.

The county had set up a reception centre at Namao Hall on Hwy 37 for evacuees.

On Monday, County officials said the clean-up was expected to continue throughout the day, including removing the damaged cars and fixing tracks damaged in the incident.

"We have activated our emergency response plan and we have crews responding to the derailment, which involves multiple cars of a southbound train", CN Rail spokesman Patrick Waldron said. More resources such as unsafe goods teams, environment teams, safety experts investigators and equipment are being mobilized, Waldron said.

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