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CN Train Derailment: 2 Cars Carrying Petroleum Catch Fire

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A Canadian National Railway Company freight train carrying dangerous goods derailed and caught fire near the town of Wadena, Saskatchewan, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 05:59 AM

Two cars carrying petroleum distillate were set on fire when 26 cars of a freight train derailed in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan on Tuesday.

Reuters reported Canadian National Railway as saying the train, traveling from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, had three locomotives and was pulling 100 cars. It said the train derailed near the community of Clair.

"Of the 26 derailed cars, two cars carrying petroleum distillate have spilled and that's the product that caught fire. There were four other dangerous goods cars; two of hydrochloric acid, two of caustic soda. They are reported to be intact," said CN spokesman Jim Feeny.

He said no injuries were immediately reported. The spill was not on the main line.

Derailments have become a particularly sensitive issue in Canada since the crude oil train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in July 2013 that killed 47 people.

Feeny said he could not immediately confirm what type of tanker car was carrying the distillate. He declined to identify the owner of the product, saying it was confidential customer information.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it was deploying a team of investigators to the site, which is about 124 miles (200 km) east of the city of Saskatoon.

Local media reported some nearby residents in the rural area and about 50 people from Clair had been evacuated.

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