Train Derails in Manitoba

By Dow Jones Business News, 

By David George-Cosh And Laura Stevens

A BNSF Railway Co. train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed Tuesday in southern Manitoba, leading to the evacuation of about 40 local residents, local officials said.

There were no reports of injuries, leaks or fire.

Three cars of the mixed-freight train derailed at about 7 a.m. local time, a spokeswoman for BNSF said. Two contained liquefied petroleum gas and the third was empty. Local officials established the evacuation area as a precaution, and no tank cars were compromised, she said.

"We'll be conducting a full and thorough investigation," she added.

The train was hauling 62 empty cars and 42 cars with a variety of loads, including lumber and fiberboard. It was traveling from Grand Forks, N.D. to Winnipeg, and the derailment occurred in Emerson, Manitoba, while the crew was switching cars.

The track is owned by Canadian National Railway Co., according to a spokesman from the Transportation Safety Board, Canada's transportation-safety agency.

The incident comes a week after the TSB issued a final report on the July 2013 derailment of a crude-carrying train in Quebec, which killed 47 people. The TSB blamed that disaster on a host of factors, including inadequate Canadian government oversight.

The shipping of crude by rail has increased dramatically over the past several years. Canada and the U.S. have been beefing up rail-safety measures since the Quebec accident, which was followed by a number of other, nondeadly crude-by- rail derailments in Alabama, North Dakota, Virginia and elsewhere in Canada.

Write to David George-Cosh at and Laura Stevens at

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