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Train hauling crude derails, catches fire near Saskatoon

December 9, 2019   Don Horne




A section of Highway 16 east of Saskatoon, Sask. is closed after a train derailment and fire early Monday morning.

Canadian Pacific Railway told Global News the train hauling crude oil derailed west of Guernsey, Sask., at around midnight. No injuries have been reported.

Officials have not said how many cars were involved or how many caught fire but noted there are no evacuations at this time.

CP said emergency and hazmat crews have been sent to the scene to work with local first responders to minimize the impact on the surrounding area.

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There is no impact on any local waterways, a CP spokesperson told Global News.

Humboldt RCMP said the highway between Guernsey and Plunkett is closed until further notice due to a lack of visibility from the fire.

Traffic is being detoured south of Plunkett on Highway 365 toward Watrous, then north along Highway 668 to Guernsey, police told Global News.

CP said it has started an investigation into the cause of the derailment and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it is deploying a team to the site.

(Global News)


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