A Canadian Pacific freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire east of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Thursday morning.
Residents from the village of Guernsey, which is within 500 meters of the derailment are being evacuated.
No immediate injuries have been reported since the train jumped the tracks about 6:15 a.m.
According to the Calgary Herald, 24 of the train’s 50 cars were involved in the derailment. 12 of the tanker cars were on fire.
Humboldt RCMP closed a stretch of Highway 16, in both directions near Guernsey.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in a statement that they are sending a team of investigators to the crash site. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Transportation Minister Marc Garneau announced speed restrictions on trains carrying dangerous goods after the derailment.
This is the second Saskatchewan train derailment in less than two months. In December, a CP Rail train leaked 1.5 million litres of crude oil after it derailed in the same area.
Photos and videos have emerged online from this morning’s incident showing the fiery wreckage and smoke billowing in the sky.
More to come.
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