Hundreds Evacuated After Train Derailed In Alberta Causing Dangerous Chemical Leak
People have been urged to evacuate immediately for their safety.
This morning, a CP Rail train derailed at Highway 23 and Township Road 12-0, just south of the village of Barons, about 30 k.m. from Lethbridge. The Alberta train derailment has resulted in an immediate risk for people in surrounding areas. Because the rail cars were reportedly leaking octane, an evacuation order has been issued for anyone that could be impacted.
The notice includes everyone from Highway 23 West to Range Road 23-5, Highway 23 East to Range Road 23-2, and Township Road 12-2 south to Township Road 11-4. As of 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, fire crews are still on the scene trying to contain the leak.
The train left the tracks this morning around 7:40 a.m. As many train cars were leaking flammable chemicals, the evacuation order urged anyone in the outlined areas to leave immediately. Highway 23 is also closed going both directions from Township Road 11-4 to Township Road 12-2.
The impacted areas include Keho Lake area and the Keho Lake campground and golf course. According to CBC News, 300 campers and golfers were evacuated, some of whom live there seasonally.
According to a press release from Lethbridge County, a centre for displaced persons is located at the Nobleford Community Complex, at 122 Kipp Street in Nobleford. People are advised to keep an eye on www.lethcounty.ca or the County’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
People are urged to stay away from the scene for their own safety and anyone within the evacuation areas must leave immediately. The safety threat is significant in evacuated areas, and officials are releasing information as they are able.
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