A Canadian National freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in New Brunswick Tuesday night, prompting an evacuation of 45 nearby homes. 16 cars derailed, 4 containing propane and 4 containing crude oil. The fire continued burning into Wednesday morning as authorities assessed the possibility of a derailed car exploding. There have been no deaths and no injuries have been reported.
News outlets are reporting the train had 4 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 7pm local time. The train was heading to Moncton from Central Canada. The derailment site is relatively close to the U.S. Maine border.
Hazardous material responders arrived on the scene overnight, and are working to determine whether the propane or crude oil cars are the ones burning. Residents say a large red glow from the fire was visible from several miles away overnight.
There’s currently no timeline when crews will be able to move in and take control of the fire. Authorities say once the fire is under control an investigation into the cause of the accident will begin.