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Canadian officials investigating CN crude-oil train derailment


A CN crude-oil train derailed in northern Ontario on Saturday, causing numerous tank cars to catch fire and spill into a local river system, Canadian news outlets reported this weekend.

The Class I told news media that 94 cars on the train were carrying Alberta crude oil to Eastern Canada when 30 cars derailed near Gogama, Ont. Some of the cars caught fire and some crude spilled into the Mattagami River system. No injuries were reported.

The spill was the third CN oil train derailment in northern Ontario in less than a month. CN officials said the cars involved in the derailment were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard, according to local media.

Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) deployed investigators to the scene on Saturday. The derailment location is about 23 miles from the site of a Feb. 14 accident involving a CN crude-oil train.

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