A CN Rail train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil has derailed and exploded about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton, prompting an evacuation in the tiny community of Gainford.
Parkland County Emergency Services says it received a call about the accident involving a westbound train around 1 a.m. MT Saturday.
Firefighters block the highway near Gainford, Alta. as emergency crews battle a fire at the scene where 13 rail cars came off the tracks in an early-morning derailment. (Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters)
The Transportation Safety Board says 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) — left the tracks along Highway 16 and Range Road 61.
Carson Mills, spokesman for Parkland County, initially told CBC News that two of the cars containing liquefied petroleum gas were on fire.
"It's still a volatile situation," said Mills.
There was one "significant explosion" at the time of the derailment, followed by a "smaller one," Mills said.