Calgary Train Derailment, Several Cars On Their Side (PHOTOS, UPDATED)

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Eight cars of a CP Rail train derailed Wednesday at a rail yard in southeast Calgary.

The derailment occurred at a track along 19 Ave. and 15 Street in the Aylth railroads.

Company spokesman Ed Greenberg says there were no injuries and there was no leakage from the cars, which are lying on their sides at the Alyth Yard.

The cars were carrying a diluting agent used in oil pipelines.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said there was briefly a small evacuation of the immediate area but everyone has since been allowed to return home.

He said Blackfoot Trail, a major commuter route, would be closed overnight but crews were working to ensure it could be reopened by morning.

Evacuations took place between 13th and 15th street south of 9th Avenue.

Calgary Police Service Duty Inspector Leah Barber told CTV Calgary several tanker cars left the rail, before coming to a rest on their side.

Barber also said there are reports a hissing noise could be heard coming from several cars.

The derailment also closed 15 Street between 9 Ave., according to 660 News.

CP Rail official Ed Greenberg told CTV Calgary the derailment occurred while a northbound train was leaving the Alyth yard at 4:55 p.m.

Greenberg says the north-bound train was moving at a slow speed when the cars left the tracks Wednesday afternoon.

He says the company has launched an investigation to determine what happened.

UPDATE: The City of Calgary has confirmed that Blackfoot Trail is open and will allow traffic during the morning rush hour.
However, 15 Street between 9 Avenue and Blackfoot Trail S.E. will remain closed to allow crews to continue to address the derailment.

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