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Fire controlled after New Brunswick train derailment

Jan. 8, 2014, Plaster Rock, N.B. – The president of CN Rail says the company is still trying to do its assessment of a fire that started after one of its freight trains carrying crude oil derailed Tuesday night in northwestern New Brunswick.

January 8, 2014
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 8, 2014, Plaster Rock, N.B. – The president of CN Rail says the company is still trying to do its assessment of a fire that started after one of its freight trains carrying crude oil derailed Tuesday night in northwestern New Brunswick.

But Claude Mongeau says the fire is controlled.

He says 17 cars derailed near Wapske and nine of them are carrying dangerous goods, including crude oil that was destined for an Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B.

New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization says there have been no injuries and the number of people affected by an evacuation has climbed from about 60 to 150 people.

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The derailment happened at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The federal Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to the site to investigate.

The regularly scheduled freight train coming from Central Canada when it ran into trouble about 150 kilometres northwest of Fredericton.