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Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:08:17 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Calgary train derailment forces evacuation of nearby homes

Calgary train derailment forces evacuation of nearby homes

Some Calgary homes were evacuated as a precaution after a train carrying petroleum diluent derailed in the city's southeast late this afternoon, the fire department says.

People living south of Ninth Avenue between 13th and 15th streets were told to leave.

"Small evacuation of immediate area complete, situation coming under control. Stay tuned," tweeted Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Canadian Pacific Railway said eight tanker cars containing diluent — which is a flammable liquid — came off the tracks as a train was leaving the Alyth Rail Yard located at 19th Avenue and 15th Street.

A CP spokesperson says they're not aware of any of the cars are leaking, and nobody was injured.

Petroleum diluent is used to thin petroleum products, including bitumen from the oilsands, to help transport them through pipelines.

CP has a response team at the scene. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has also sent an investigator to look into the incident.

Police are advising traffic to avoid the area.

Officials are planning to close some roads, including parts of Blackfoot Trail.

Some Calgary Transit routes near the scene are also being detoured.

External Links

Diluent fact sheet

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