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Train derails near Barons; Alberta RCMP ask people to avoid area

Click to play video: 'Train derailment causes fuel leak in southern Alberta' Train derailment causes fuel leak in southern Alberta
On Wednesday morning, the engine of a Canadian Pacific Railway train left the tracks near Barons, Alta., resulting in several empty cars derailing and some diesel fuel spillage. Eloise Therien has more on what this meant for highway travel and public safety. – Dec 29, 2021

A train derailment was reported Wednesday near Barons, Alta. According to police, there was a diesel leak at the engine fuel entry point.

At around 9:30 a.m., Picture Butte RCMP responded to the derailment near Highway 23 and Township Road 120.

Police said the train was headed north when its engine derailed, along with a few empty fuel cars, which tipped over as a result.

No injuries were reported.

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Fire crews remained on scene Wednesday with police while CP Rail and a hazmat team made their way from Calgary to the derailment.

Detours lasted days.

On Friday at 12:15 p.m., RCMP said north and southbound traffic flow on Highway 23 south of the village of Barons had resumed.

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RCMP said a train derailed near Barons, Alta. in the morning of Dec. 29, 2021. Courtesy: Darryl Watts
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RCMP said a train derailed near Barons, Alta. in the morning of Dec. 29, 2021. Courtesy: Darryl Watts
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RCMP said a train derailed near Barons, Alta. in the morning of Dec. 29, 2021. Global News

Read more: CP train derails near hamlet southeast of Calgary

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Police asked the public to avoid the area as crews continue to clean up.

An update by RCMP is expected to come once traffic flow has resumed on Highway 23.

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