Thursday, October 09, 2014

Explosions - Trains - Oil - Small Town North America

December 2013
Casselton, North Dakota

Burlington Northern Oil train derails and explodes a mile outside of Casselton  North Dakota. The town is evacuated.

Claire, Saskatchewan
October 2014
WADENA, Sask. - A CN freight train carrying dangerous goods derailed in central Saskatchewan on Tuesday, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air and displacing residents of a tiny nearby hamlet.
The derailment happened near the community of Clair, which has a population of about 50. Police told those people to leave their homes and also evacuated farms near the scene.
CN spokesman Jim Feeny said the train was made up of three locomotives pulling 100 rail cars and that 26 of them derailed.
He said the fire came from petroleum distillates, which spilled from two of the derailed cars.
The fire had "diminished'' as of Tuesday evening, Feeny said, but was still burning.
Clair is about 190 kilometres east of Saskatoon near the community of Wadena.
Alison Squires, who is the publisher of the Wadena News, went to the fire and said she has never seen anything like it in the 13 years she has lived in the area.
"I've seen derailments, but this is a pretty bad one,'' she said. "You could see ... this huge plume of black smoke. When I got there, there was a small explosion. The smoke is too thick to see what cars are involved.''
She added that there was a detour going north to pass the derailment, but not one going south.
"They are assuming the smoke is toxic,'' she said.