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CN working to contain jet fuel spill

Train derailment interrupts passenger service from Ontario to Montreal



COBOURG, ONT.—An investigation is underway into CN’s 25-tanker train derailment that spilled jet fuel in Southwestern Ontario.

The train derailed just an hour east of Toronto on Sunday. Two of the cars were carrying jet fuel and one was holding propane.

No one was injured, but at least a dozen homes were evacuated in Hamilton Township.

Ontario’s emergency management agency dropped its Red Alert late Sunday, saying the immediate threat had subsided and reducing the evacuation area from 1.6 kilometres to 800 metres.

The area is mostly farmland, with some homes and industrial buildings.

CN crews worked through Sunday night to clean the spill, which is being contained with booms at the site, according to Lindsay Fedchyshyn, CN spokesperson.

The company is also cleaning up the derailed cars that were scattered along the tracks and siding.

Via Rail’s passenger train service won’t be running on the Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes until the rail line reopens.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating.

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