A derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday, and about 150 residents remained evacuated from their homes in New Brunswick, Canada.
While there were no deaths or injuries, this is the second time in two weeks a train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire.
Of the 17 cars that derailed late Tuesday in New Brunswick province in Canada, five contain crude oil and four contain propane, said Claude Mongeau, the chief executive of CN Rail.
Some of the propane cars are venting and some of the crude cars are burning, he said.
“It is contained, but it is evolving,” Mongeau said in a report from The Associated Press. He said it was too early to say what caused the 122-car train to derail. He apologized at a news conference and said he hoped families could return to their homes soon.
The derailment in a sparsely populated region, 20 miles from the U.S. border and northern Maine, again raised concerns about the increasing use of rail to transport oil throughout North America. In July, 47 people died in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when a train carrying crude oil derailed.
New Brunswick Premier David Alward said there was minimal impact on the environment.
Sharon DeWitt, emergency measures coordinator for the nearby community of Plaster Rock, said people evacuated within a 1.2-mile radius of the fire.
Officials said the regularly scheduled freight train ran into trouble around 7 p.m. Tuesday about 93 miles northwest of Fredericton. Mongeau said the crude oil was from western Canada and was destined for an Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.
DeWitt said the train left the tracks about 3 miles from the village in a wooded area. She said there is one road near the site, which includes a number of homes.
The train’s engineer and conductor, the only people on the train, were not hurt, Canadian National Railway spokesman Jim Feeny said. Both have provided statements, but he would not give details.
On Dec. 30, an oil train derailed and exploded in North Dakota, causing the evacuation of a nearby town but no injuries.