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Oil and Gas Tanker Derails in Canada

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(STEEVE DUGUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A train bound for Vancouver, British Columbia, carrying oil and natural gas derailed in a small town outside Edmonton on Saturday, resulting in an explosion and fire but no fatalities, the Associated Press reports. 

Thirteen train cars derailed and started leaking oil and gas, which caused a massive blaze that firefighters struggled to contain. Residents of the village of Gainford, where the incident took place, were evacuated.

 

"It was a huge boom and the house started shaking," said resident Devon Cadwell. Other witnesses reported seeing a fireball following the crash.

The event follows a July train derailment in Quebec. Both trains were transporting shipments of crude oil.

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