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Train Derailment South of Plaster Rock leads to evacuation of 150 people

| January 8, 2014


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A train derailment just south of Plaster Rock iss the latest in a string of train accidents and it’s getting national attention. Fortunately no one was injured; but about 150 people were evacuated from their homes. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos reports…

Andrew Simpson who was  evacuated from his home said,  “We were right there when it happened, so we just looked out the window and seen everything.
” What did it look like?”
“Just a big orange glow.”

That big orange glow was the result of a fiery train derailment just South of Plaster Rock in Wapske around 7 o’clock Tuesday night. While some reports point to a faulty break system, CN Rails President and CEO said at Wednesday’s press conference it’s still too soon to say for sure.

CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau said, “It’s a bit early to assess cause at the moment we’re focused on containing the site and dealing with the fire.”

The freight train hauling crude oil and propane had 122 cars on it; 17 of which were derailed.

New Brunswick Premier David Alward said, “I’m thankful that there’s been no one hurt, I’m very thankful as well that it appears that the impact on the environment is minimal.”

According to the Canadian National Railway, the freight train was headed to Moncton from Central Canada when it ran off the trails of the track. As a safety precaution, 150 people were evacuated from their homes.

“Our first priority is to actually is to get them back home as soon as possible. If there are consequences from this instance CN will step up and compensate residents,” said  Mongeau.

In the meantime the Canadian Red Cross is providing aid and shelter is available to evacuees at the Tobique Plex community center in Plaster Rock.

Lyla Bear-tatloca who was evacuated from home said, “Where I live you can hear the train going by all the time.. I’m surprised.”

Residents are being urged to steer clear of the impacted area for their safety until further notice. As of earlier this afternoon crews were still on the scene containing the fire. According to the New Brunswick Premier and President of CN Rail, overall response to the incident was handled well and in a timely fashion.

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