It’s the second train derailment in the province of New Brunswick this month. Late Sunday night another CN freight train went off the tracks, this time in Saint Basile near Edmundston. It happened just behind the Hyundai dealership, the last five cars on the eastbound train derailed, one of which contained liquid propane gas.
Brian Nadeau, Fixed Operations Manager at Nadeau Hyundai said, “it’s alarming. We were concerned about if there was oil spill and if there was a risk of explosion.”
CN officials confirmed Monday that there was no leak, no fire, and no one was injured in the derailment. Three cars contained automobiles and the other was carrying clay. Edmundston Chief Administrative Officer Marc Michaud said about 30 firefighters and all available police responded to the incident, they notified 25 residents in the area but there was no need for evacuation.
“We’re working with CN and the federal authority to have more information on what’s contained in these freight cars so that we can be better prepared in such a case..we’re not fearful, we’re just hopeful that CN will bring appropriate measures,” says Michaud.
It is the second time in three weeks a CN train has derailed. Though the situation just south of Plaster Rock earlier this month posed a larger threat, it still begs the question of why these are happening.
“It’s highly unusual to get two derailments of this sort in proximity to each other in such a short period of time. We are going to look at this very very closely,” said CN spokesman Jim Feeny.
Feeny adds that the investigation into what caused this derailment is ongoing. In the meantime, a 250-meter safety area has been set up around the site, and CN rail is working to remove the LPG from the area. Service on the tracks was restored by midday. Michaud adds that the air quality is being measured constantly around the derailment site, and a 500 meter portion of Principale street in Saint-Basile has been closed to traffic.