WEST RIVER STATION, N.S.—The RCMP says residents of homes evacuated during a train derailment in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County are awaiting word today on when it will be safe to return.
Const. Bryce Haight says there is minimal risk of fire, but police need approval from the railway, provincial regulators and the remediation experts before allowing families to return.
The Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway train carrying a mix of propane and butane derailed Monday in West River Station, about 150 kilometres northeast of Halifax.
Police say the train’s engineer realized there was a problem and stopped the train, which was en route to Truro from Stellarton.
Haight says police evacuated people living in six residences that were within a 2.5-kilometre radius of the derailment.
Last month, three cars from a train carrying steel plates derailed on the same railway in downtown New Glasgow.