Freight train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Canada

A Canadian National freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in New Brunswick on Tuesday night, prompting an evacuation of 45 nearby homes. Sixteen cars derailed, four containing propane and four containing crude oil.

The fire continued burning into Wednesday morning as authorities assessed the possibility of a derailed car exploding. There have been no reported deaths or injuries.

News outlets are reporting that the train had four locomotives and 122 cars. The train left the tracks in a wooded area 3 miles from the small Canadian village of Plaster Rock just after 7 p.m. local time. The train was heading to Moncton from Central Canada. The derailment site is relatively close to the US Maine border.

Hazardous material responders will work to determine whether the propane or crude oil cars were the ones burning. Residents said that, following the derailment, a large red glow from the fire was visible from several miles away.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which follows another recent rail accident involving the oil industry.

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