Oil and Gas Tanker Derails in Canada

A train from the MMA (Montreal, Maine & Atlantic) railway is viewed as it was stopped by the RCMP and considered as a piece of evidence on July 9, 2013 near Lac -Megantic, Quebec. According to the owners of the train that leveled Lac-Mégantic, the simple rupture of a fuel or oil line, the fourth such rupture on a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic locomotive in the last eight years, may have been all that was needed to set in motion one of the most devastating rail disasters in Canadian history. Either way, both veteran railroaders and locals are disputing company assertions that local firefighters powering down a locomotive in order to put out a small fire was all it took to send 73 oil cars hurtling towards Lac-Mégantic. 
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Clare Foran
Oct. 21, 2013, 3:33 a.m.

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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