Train carrying hazardous materials derails in Maine

Maine, Apr. 16 (BNA): A Canadian Pacific freight train derailed and caught fire in Maine on Saturday, causing minor injuries to three railway employees.

“A total of three locomotive engines and six railroad cars carrying lumber and electrical wires derailed in a wooded area where they caught fire and a small forest fire broke out,” the Maine Department of Forestry said in a statement to Reuters.

She added that additional railway cars transporting hazardous materials did not derail, adding that these dangerous materials are “not in danger” of leakage and ignition.

Canadian Pacific said in a statement that the derailment occurred when the train encountered a “track drift”.

Drift may be caused by the accumulation of melting snow and debris.


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