Crews still cleaning up after train derailment, spill in Sturgeon County

Elias Hubbard
October 24, 2017

CN crews as well as unsafe goods and environmental teams were still on scene Monday afternoon cleaning up, removing the toppled railcars and repairing the damaged track.

A Canadian National Railway Co train derailed on Sunday afternoon in the western province of Alberta, spilling a small amount of crude and prompting the temporary evacuation of 46 homes as a precautionary measure, local authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Crews continued work to clean up a train derailment that forced evacuations from dozens of Sturgeon County homes over the weekend. Two of the cars leaked 30 to 50 litres of crude oil.

It isn't clear when the line will open.

"You couldn't quite smell the oil but you could see the sheen of oil or some sort of fuel on the cars", she said. Photo courtesy Patrick Potter.

A resident of River's Edge Place, Teri Gosselin, heard the clatter Sunday she described as the "craziest noise" she'd ever heard.

"We have personnel on the scene working with emergency responders, and more resources are being mobilized to continue that response and complete a full assessment of the incident", Waldron said by phone earlier on Sunday.

Emergency officials asked residents of an area northwest of Edmonton - near St. Albert - to leave their homes on Sunday afternoon after a train derailed near the Sturgeon Road crossing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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