Train derailment near Wadena leads to fire, explosions: reports

MSN News | October 7, 2014 | Star Phoenix Report

A train derailment in central Saskatchewan has led to a large fire and explosions.

© submitted photo A train derailment near Wadena, Sask. led to a large fire and explosions.

The Saskatchewan government says the derailment happened near the small community of Clair, which is being evacuated along with several farms in the area.

Highway 5 between Wadena and Watson has been closed in the area.

“Provincial emergency services are headed out there,” said Karen Hill, a spokeswoman for Saskatchewan provincial emergency services. “The RCMP have closed the highway in both directions.”

CN spokesman Jim Feeny said there are no reports of any injuries.

“They had fire and smoke,” Feeny said. “The crew is not injured, but we have reports from the local authorities that some nearby residents in the rural area have been evacuated.”

Garret Miskolczi, a power engineer from Englefeld, says that he was driving in the area shortly after the derailment occurred.

“The fire was just starting and within 15 minutes the flames started billowing,” said Miskolczi, who says that the derailment is located close to the highway, about 10 minutes west of Wadena.

Miskolczi says that officials had taken the engine off the rest of the train and took it down the track before diverting traffic away from the area.

Provincial officials could not immediately say what the train was carrying, but added hazardous materials crews were en route.

Clair is about 190 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

With files from The Canadian Press

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