Freight Train Derails in Canada Near Maine

A freight train carrying crude oil and propane derailed and caught fire in a sparsely populated region of New Brunswick, leading to the evacuation of about two dozen nearby homes, reports CBS News.

The derailment site is fairly close to the Maine border.

Sharon DeWitt, emergency measures coordinator for the nearby community of Plaster Rock, said it’s unclear how big the fire is. “We have evacuated homes in the immediate area,” she said.

A spokeswoman for Ambulance New Brunswick said no casualties were transported from the site.

Canadian National Railway spokesman Jim Feeny told CBS News 45 homes had been evacuated.

He said the regularly scheduled eastbound freight train was headed to Moncton from Central Canada when it ran into trouble around 7 p.m. about 93 miles northwest of Fredericton, in northwest New Brunswick.

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