Several homes near the village of Plaster Rock, N.B., were evacuated Tuesday evening after a train carrying “dangerous goods” derailed and caught fire.
Jim Feeny, director of public and government affairs for CN Rail, confirmed the derailment happened just after 7 p.m. AST in the small town of Wapske, N.B., about 5 km from Plaster Rock.
The train was travelling from central Canada to Moncton, and is believed to have been carrying crude oil and fuel.
Picture of fireball taken from train derailment near Plaster rock by Murray Scott pic.twitter.com/HOx3ueQOzX— Carol Jarvis (@caroljarvis1) January 8, 2014
“We do know that there are dangerous goods cars on the train and that they are in the derailment area these include cars carrying LPG -- which is propane -- and crude oil but we cannot confirm if those cars are actually derailed at this point. We know they’re in the immediate area,” Feeny told reporters at the time.
Later on in the evening, CN announced that 16 cars had been derailed.
He also confirmed that something caused at fire at the site, but sources are unclear about what’s fuelling the fire.
Emergency crews were on the scene working with RCMP to determine which of the 122 train cars were involved in the derailment and if any derailed cars were carrying hazordous materials.
Picture of the fire from the train derailmend near Plaster Rock.N.B. pic.twitter.com/2Qy6aUcOUO— Sharlene Berube (@SharleneBerube) January 8, 2014
Although Feeny said it is too early to determine what caused the derailment.
One woman, who lives near Wapske, confirmed she was asked to evacuate her home about 2km from the derailment site, although she couldn’t see any fire from her house. There were roughly eight homes near the site that were evacuated.
Another picture of the train derailmend near Plaster Rock N.B. pic.twitter.com/uCVaiZyQsT— Sharlene Berube (@SharleneBerube) January 8, 2014
Reports say the train crew was not injured. There has been no word of any other injuries.
Cargo train derailed near Plaster Rock, N-B... At least 1 oil wagon on fire.. pic.twitter.com/3Ompm7yw7e— Denis Maillet (@densrt4) January 8, 2014