POLITICS

A quick look at recent train wrecks involving dangerous cargo

09/17/2013 03:08 EDT | Updated 11/17/2013 05:12 EST
OTTAWA - Some recent rail accidents involving hazardous cargo.

Sept. 11, 2013: More than 140 homes were evacuated after eight CP Rail cars carrying flammable liquids came off the tracks in southeast Calgary. There were no leaks or injuries.

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July 6, 2013: A runaway train of 72 tank cars loaded with a volatile crude oil crashed and exploded in the centre of Lac-Megantic, Que., killing 47 people and destroying half the downtown area.

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June 27, 2013: Seven cars derailed as a CP Rail train crossed a bridge over the flood-swollen Bow River in Calgary. Five cars carried petroleum products, one was filled with ethylene glycol and one was empty. No spills or injuries were reported.

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