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Saskatchewan truck-train crash causes oil spill

01/23/2012 10:44 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

A man is in hospital and crews are still cleaning up a crude oil spill after a pickup truck hit a train Sunday night near Oxbow, Sask.

Twenty-two cars carrying crude oil left the tracks following the 11 p.m. CST crash, the RCMP said.

It happened at the intersection of a grid road and a Canadian Pacific Rail line about seven kilometres east of the town.

Originally, it was believed that oil was leaking from six cars. However, CP said Monday morning that only one car was spilling oil.

A full tanker car holds about 97,000 litres of crude.

A spokesman for the rail company said the oil spill has been contained and the amount involved was "minimal."

A 20-year-old man from Manor, Sask., was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Oxbow is in the southeast corner of the province, about 265 kilometres southeast of Regina.

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