23 train cars, including one carrying liquid asphalt, involved in Friday derailment in central Alberta

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Emergency crews says that 23 train cars derailed near Highway 2A in Lacombe County, Alta., on Friday evening. (Craig Ryan/CBC News - image credit)
Emergency crews says that 23 train cars derailed near Highway 2A in Lacombe County, Alta., on Friday evening. (Craig Ryan/CBC News - image credit)

A section of highway north of Red Deer was blocked off Saturday after a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed Friday night near Lacombe, Alta., police say.

The RCMP detachment in Blackfalds, a town just north of Red Deer, received a 911 call at 8:15 p.m. Friday about a train derailment along Highway 2A in Lacombe County. The initial report suggested some oil cars were leaking oil and were possibly on fire, RCMP said in a news release.

First responders and railway police from CP and CN headed to the scene at Highway 2A and Range Road 270A.

One residence was evacuated but its residents have since been allowed to return, police say. No injuries were reported.

Craig Ryan/CBC News
Craig Ryan/CBC News

The cause of the derailment is still unknown, a CP spokesperson told CBC News Saturday.

The train had 128 total cars — 110 loaded, 18 empty. Four cars were carrying tar oil, also known as liquid asphalt, a Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson told CBC News Saturday.

Emergency crews determined that 23 train cars had derailed, but only one of the oil-carrying cars had leaked, RCMP said.

There was no fire, RCMP said.

Highway 2A was expected to be blocked for several hours while crews investigated and clean up the spill, RCMP say.

CP Rail police will conduct the investigation, RCMP say.

The Transportation Safety Board does not intend at this time to send in any of its investigators, a spokesperson said.

Lacombe is 120 kilometres south of Edmonton.

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