Some Oshawa, Ont., residents evacuated overnight by train derailment

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OSHAWA, Ont. - Crews from Canadian Pacific were to work through the night assessing a train derailment that caused no injuries, but forced the evacuation of an Oshawa, Ont., neighbourhood on Friday.
Police asked residents to evacuate the area as a precaution because the freight train was hauling chemicals.
Canadian Pacific spokesman Mike LoVecchio says two of the cars in the train carried "regulated" cargo.
LoVecchio says a tanker carrying hydrogen peroxide was among the 27 cars that derailed, but was not leaking.
The other car was not among those that left the tracks along with two locomotives.
A police spokeswoman said Friday night she did not know how many people had been evacuated, but added that residents of three streets were allowed to return home late Friday.
Several of the derailed train cars were jammed under a roadway overpass, while others were crunched into an accordion pattern in a corridor bordered by homes.
Two of the cars plowed into the yards of homes that back onto the tracks.
"A number of them are tanker cars carrying chemicals, but I've not been made aware of any hazards," said Durham Regional Police Sgt. Nancy Van Rooy.
Among the evacuees was Tara St. Jean, 18, who was grabbing a bite to eat at the nearby Johnny's Eatery while waiting to return home.
She was in her bedroom in a home directly across the street from the derailment site when the train veered off the tracks.
"There was about 15 cars all piled up on top of each other, all mashed up under the bridge, and this white liquid (was) just streaming out of one of them," she said.
"Down the track a bit there was a bunch of smoke coming from behind all those houses."
The incident left her shaken, St. Jean said.
"(I was) scared about having to leave, where to go, if it was going to blow up and I would have nothing," she said, adding that hours later she was just feeling frustrated and hoping to return home to her pet cats and dog.
Van Rooy said area schools were also evacuated.
LoVecchio said "CP's priority firstly is to ensure the safety of our employees and the surrounding community."
"We will then work to mitigate any environmental damage and then focus on the investigation."
The cause of the derailment has not been determined.

Organizations: Canadian Pacific

Geographic location: Oshawa

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  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    we don't have those problems here, we tore up our railway beds. ontarians always get to enjoy these accidents, explosions and toxic spills in there backyards haha

    ;)

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    we don't have those problems here, we tore up our railway beds. ontarians always get to enjoy these accidents, explosions and toxic spills in there backyards haha

    ;)