GAINFORD, Alberta — Emergency crews battled a massive fire Saturday after a Canadian National tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton, Alberta, overnight. No injuries have been reported so far.
Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquefied petroleum gas — came off the tracks around 1 a.m. local time in the hamlet of Gainford, about 50 miles from Edmonton. The entire community of roughly 100 people was evacuated.
Paquin said three cars containing gas were leaking and on fire. Local officials feared there could be an explosion and declared a state of emergency. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.