Oil and propane train derails in Canada

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A Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil and propane derailed and caught fire after the emergency brakes were activated, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada said on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014.

TSB spokesman John Cottreau said the derailment late on January 7th, included propane tankers, crude tankers, a locomotive and hopper cars, but said it was not clear whether the cars were full at the time of the crash.

The derailment occurred in northwest New Brunswick, Canada, the latest in a string of train accidents that have put the surging crude-by-rail business under scrutiny.

Forty-five nearby homes were evacuated after the accident at around 7 p.m. (2300 GMT), but no one was injured, local officials said. (REUTERS)

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