August 27, 2014 9:26 am

Manitoba residents return to homes evacuated after train derailed

Emergency workers deal with a derailed train in Emerson, Man., on Tuesday.

Josh Arason / Global News

WINNIPEG – Residents of Emerson, Man., were allowed to return home late Tuesday after part of the town was evacuated following a train derailment.

Most of the approximately 40 residents forced from their homes were expected to return on Wednesday morning because the all-clear wasn’t given until 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The line was cleared and reopened by 1:30 a.m., a BNSF railway spokeswoman said Wednesday morning.

Four cars derailed while crews were switching cars shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday. Two of the train cars were carrying liquid petroleum – unscented propane.

“The biggest concern with liquid petroleum is the explosive nature, the volatility of the substance,” Jeff French of the Emerson fire department said Tuesday. “It could be bad if it were to ignite.”

No one was injured in the derailment.

READ MORE: Part of Emerson, Man., evacuated after train carrying propane derails

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