N.B. train derailment fire out, evacuees heading home

A derailed tanker is seen at the site of a January 7 derailment involving a Canadian National...

A derailed tanker is seen at the site of a January 7 derailment involving a Canadian National Railway (CN) mixed freight train near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick in this image obtained from The Transportation Safety Board of Canada on January 10, 2014. REUTERS/The Transportation Safety Board of Canada/Handout via Reuters

Errol Nazareth, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:18 PM ET

A "vent and burn" to put out the lingering fire on two cars of a CN train carrying crude oil and propane that derailed in New Brunswick Tuesday was extinguished Saturday morning.

“The controlled burn is completed, it was successful,” Jim Feeny, CN’s director of public and government affairs, told QMI Agency Saturday. “With that, we were able to clear the last of the cars that were on the track.”

Part of the train jumped the tracks Tuesday evening near the village of Plaster Rock, about 200 km north of Fredericton.

A "vent and burn" is a controlled — but dangerous — burn of liquefied petroleum gas to prevent it from slowly releasing into the environment, according to Transport Canada.

A 2-km radius around the derailment was evacuated, sending about 150 residents from their homes.

Feeny said the evacuation order had been lifted Saturday morning and residents had begun returning home.


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