Five CN Rail tanker cars carrying propane and butane derailed
Saturday near Red Deer, forcing several rural families to flee their
The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. about five kilometres
north of Red Deer in Lacombe County, said CN spokeswoman Kelli
Four of the train cars contained propane and one held butane, she
"The propane car was expelling fumes so, as a precautionary
measure, local emergency responders evacuated three families on
acreages that were in proximity," said Svendsen.
"There were no injuries." Two of the train cars were upright
and three were on their sides. CN staff, Mounties, emergency
medical personnel, Alberta Environment officials and Lacombe County
staff were on the scene, said RCMP Sgt. Tim Taniguchi.
"There is an evacuation in a one-mile radius around the train
derailment. There's only a handful of families involved at this
point," he said late Saturday morning.
Shawna Villeneuve, who manages a campground in the nearby
residential and industrial community of Burbank, said the incident
occurred near highways 2A and 597.
Highway 597 east of Highway 2A, which leads to the huge Joffre
ethylene and polyethylene plant, was closed to traffic, she said.
"I'm very nervous . . . I don't know how extreme it is," said