CN defends safety record following third train derailment within a month
C-N Rail is defending its safety record following another derailment.
Thirteen tanker cars carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas left the tracks yesterday in Gainford, Alberta, and the wreckage is still burning.
It's the third derailment by a C-N train carrying hazardous materials in the past month.
Saturday's mishap occurred two days after residents in the Alberta community of Sexsmith were forced from their homes when four CN rail cars carrying anhydrous ammonia left the rails.
That followed the derailment of 17 CN rail cars, some carrying petroleum, ethanol and chemicals, in western Saskatchewan on Sept. 25.
There were no injuries in any of the derailments.
Railway spokesman Mark Hallman says more than 99 per cent of all dangerous goods C-N moves by rail arrive at their destinations without incident.
No one was hurt in yesterday's derailment, but about 100 people have been forced from their homes for the time being.
There has been intense scrutiny over shipping oil by rail following July's horrific derailment of a Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train in Lac-Megantic, Que.
The subsequent fire claimed 47 lives. (with files from The Canadian Press)