A fiery CN train derailment in rural Saskatchewan has many people asking what could have happened if the accident occurred in a more populated area.
The 100-car freight train derailed Tuesday about 190 kilometres east of Saskatoon. Twenty-six cars left the track, including six carrying dangerous goods. Two cars containing petroleum distillate caught fire, sending 30-metre flames into the air. Several explosions were also confirmed.
The area around Clair, Sask., was evacuated overnight. Families were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday morning according to Harold Narfason, chief of the Wadena & District Fire Department.
The volunteer fire department was the first on the scene.
Narfason told DeSmog Canada his department has long been aware that dangerous commodities are being shipped by rail through the area.
“I’ve attended numerous meetings with CN to get informed and there are more cars moving through,” Narfason said.