Train carrying liquid propane derails in Pictou County

No immediate indication that liquid was leaking

Published on June 9, 2014
A train has derailed on Lansdowne Road. Police have a perimeter set up in the area and are not allowing people to pass.
Christopher Cameron - TC Media

RCMP, EMO, fire departments responded to a trail derailment in West River Station.

NEW GLASGOW – A freight train carrying liquid propane went off the tracks Monday afternoon near 180 Lansdowne Road in West River Station.

There were two people on board the train and no reports of any injuries. Some containers are on their side but are not leaking.  

RCMP, EMO, Department of the Environment and local fire services responded.

Cpl. Scott MacRae said the train engineer noticed there was something wrong during the trip from Truro to Pictou County and stopped the vehicle. When they looked, there were about half a dozen cars off the tracks.

Although there was no immediate indication that liquid was leaking or that there could be an explosion, as a precaution MacRae said they evacuated an area of about 2.5 kilometres surrounding the site. He didn’t know the exact number of those impacted but said because it is a rural area the number wasn’t high.

The first priority will be to deal with the propane. After that the cars will be righted.