Train derails west of Edmonton

CN Rail crews are cleaning up following a train derailment around 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, near...

CN Rail crews are cleaning up following a train derailment around 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, near the hamlet of Peers, Alberta, just east of Highway 32. Photo Courtesy Lynden McBeth/MyTownToday.ca

Allison Salz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:48 PM ET

EDMONTON -- Just over a dozen CN Rail cars flew off the tracks west of Edmonton in the wee hours Sunday morning -- not far from the scene of another derailment last month that forced the evacuation of more 100 people.

CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said Sunday 13 cars of the eastbound train derailed around 1 a.m. near the hamlet of Peers, Alta., just east of Highway 32.

Twelve of the derailed cars were loaded with lumber, while one carried sulphur dioxide.

"The car containing the sulphur dioxide is standing upright and has no points of leakage, so there is not currently any threat to the environment or the public," he said.  "CN officials remain at the scene to try and determine the cause of the derailment."

He added that residents near the site have not been asked to evacuate.

It's the second derailment in the area within a few weeks.


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