[caption id="attachment_72165" align="aligncenter" width="620"] 13 Train Cars Carrying Liquid Petroleum Derail In Alberta, Area Evacuated[/caption]13 Train Cars Carrying Liquid Petroleum Gas Derail in Alberta
In Gainford, Alberta, 13 train cars that were carrying the flammable, liquified petroleum and crude oil have derailed. The incident occurred on October 19, 2013 about 80KM from Edmonton in Canada. Nine of the 13 train cars were carrying liquified petroleum while the other four cars carried petroleum crude oil.
“We do a have a fire and there are a couple of tankers – I’m not sure if they’re leaking , but they’ve been damaged in a significant way -- so there is a risk there,” Parkland County Communications Assistant Carson Mills told CTV News Channel on Saturday.
A local state of emergency was declared as firefighters arrived at the scene and encouraged local residents to avoid the area.
A voluntary evacuation has been set in place for the local residents; approximately 100 residents have taken the information seriously and evacuated.
This isn't the only incident of train cars carrying hazardous materials to derail recently; only two days ago a similar incident occurred in Sexsmith, a North Western town of Alberta. In July a train carrying crude oil had a deadly derailment in Quebec, Canada.
This is all happening while energy companies in North America have turned to using trains to transport the crude from oil pipelines instead of other means.
Canada's Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that they are sending people out to investigate the cause of this most recent train derailment.
As firefighters continue to assist in making sure the area is safe and investigators arrive more information will become available.