Oil spills from train car after derailment near Red Deer: TSB

A portion of Highway 2A was shut down near McKenzie Road south of Red Deer Friday, June 8, 2018 due to a train derailment. Courtesy, Red Deer News Now

Editor’s note: A spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board originally said a one-mile radius of the derailment site was evacuated. However, the RCMP later clarified that no evacuations were needed because it happened in a rural area.

A section of Highway 2A was shut down south of Red Deer on Friday evening after a train derailment in the area.

A CP train heading south derailed shortly before 5 p.m. near McKenzie Road.

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Seven cars came off the tracks, according to Sophie Wistaff, a spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Six of the cars were carrying crude oil, Wistaff said, while the seventh was carrying sand. One of the cars was leaking oil, she said.

The RCMP said evacuations were not needed because the derailment happened in a rural, non-residential area.

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Highway 2A was shut down in both directions between McKenzie Road and Springbrook.

Wistaff said four of the derailed train cars were on their side, while three remained upright.

CP Rail media relations manager Andy Cummings said no injuries were reported. Cummings said the company sent staff and equipment to the site and they are coordinating with the local fire department.

Members of Alberta Highways, environmental services, hazardous materials and emergency services remained on scene Friday night.

Highway 2A reopened at around 6 p.m. Saturday.

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