Oil leaks from derailed train in Alberta

CN work crews clean up after a eastbound freight train derailed west of Whitecourt, Alta. on July...

CN work crews clean up after a eastbound freight train derailed west of Whitecourt, Alta. on July 4, 2014. (Jonas Boll photo/Special to QMI Agency)

Bryan Passifiume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 AM ET

WHITECOURT, Alta. — At least one oil tanker is leaking after five cars derailed on a CN train near Whitecourt, Alta., Friday morning.

Three of the cars contain crude oil. One contains methanol, a highly combustable solvent and fuel.

No injuries or fires were reported.

The five cars left the rails at about 5:30 a.m.

The methanol car was not leaking, but emergency workers on the scene, about 145 km northwest of Edmonton, were keeping a close eye on it.

"It is under stress at this point," Whitecourt Fire deputy chief Troy Dufort said. "It's neither off the track, or on the track."

If methanol gets into the groundwater, it can also be toxic for waterlife.

"At this point there is no evidence of environmental leakage," Dufort said.

A spill response team was on the scene, and a Transportation Safety Board investigator was called in to try to determine a cause.

bryan.passifiume@sunmedia.ca

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