Train carrying oil derails in central Alberta, highway remains closed

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Twenty-three train cars, some carrying tar oil, derailed in Lacombe County on Friday night.

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At 8:15 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a 911 call of a train derailment along Highway 2A, with initial reports that a number of cars were leaking oil and possibly on fire, police said in a news release Saturday morning.

A nearby home was evacuated as a precaution.

Multiple emergency crews responded and determined 23 rail cars had derailed, four of which were carrying tar oil (liquid asphalt). Only one of the cars was found to be leaking and no fires had started.

No injuries were reported and those evacuated from their home were able to return.

CP Rail and Lacombe County emergency management remain on scene and Highway 2A is expected to be blocked to traffic for several more hours Saturday as crews investigate and clean up.

CP Rail Police have taken over the investigation of the derailment.