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CN train carrying crude and propane derails in New Brunswick

PASTER ROCK, N.B.–A CN Rail train hauling crude oil and propane derailed on Tuesday in northwestern New Brunswick.

Plaster Rock Fire Chief Tim Corbin said Wednesday morning that responders were waiting for daylight to determine how to proceed, reported the CBC. 

“We have determined that the cars that are affected in the derailment are crude oil and propane cars,” said Corbin. “We’re waiting for daylight right now to get in and get a better look at it as how we’re going to attack it.”

The derailment happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday, near Plaster Rock.

The train was headed east from Toronto to Moncton, N.B.

There were no homes or buildings in the immediate area, but about 50 homes in the vicinity have been evacuated.

 CN Rail spokesperson Jim Feeny said 16 of the 122 cars on the train derailed. One of the derailed cars is at the front of the train and the other 15 are at the back of the train. 

Of the 15 cars at rear, four are carrying crude oil and four are carrying propane, said Feeny.