A CN Rail train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil has derailed about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton, prompting 49 people to evacuate homes in the area.
Parkland County Emergency Services says it received a call about the accident involving a westbound train around 1 a.m. MT Saturday.
The Transportation Safety Board says 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine carrying liquefied petroleum gas — left the tracks along Highway 16 and Range Road 61 in the hamlet of Gainford.
Carson Mills, spokesman for Parkland County, told CBC News that two of the cars containing liquefied petroleum gas are on fire.
Highway 16 traffic has been re-routed north along Secondary Highway 765, westbound along Secondary Highway 633 and returning southbound on Secondary Highway 757.