4 train cars derail, tip over

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Firefighters, paramedics and CN Rail crews were called to Moncton's hump yard off Salisbury Road Tuesday afternoon after four train cars derailed.

The four cars were in various positions within the CN Gordon Yard, said Jonathan Abecassis, CN Rail's public affairs officer.

Early Tuesday evening, three cars were on their sides and one was leaning, said Platoon Chief Paul Bruens of the Moncton Fire Department. Three of the cars were carrying non-hazardous, dried commodities while the last car was carrying propane, he said.

"There is no danger to public safety as there are no fires, leaks or injuries reported," Abecassis stated in a news release issued Tuesday evening.

Fire crews responded to the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m. and would remain there into the evening, said Bruens.

As of 7:15 p.m. fire crews were waiting for RST Industries Limited, who are contracted by CN to provide emergency support, to arrive from Saint John.

“We are here in case anything happens,” said Bruens, “but there are no concerns of threats to public safety.”

Bruens said fire crews would make a decision about next steps once RST arrived. Ambulances did not remain on the scene long, he said.

The cause of the incident is under investigation, Abecassis said.

Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal