Crews Continue Efforts to Douse Train Fire

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GOGAMA, Ont. – Crews are continuing their efforts today to put out a fire caused when a CN Rail train hauling crude oil derailed in northern Ontario.

CN spokesman Jim Feeny says residents will likely see smoke rising from the derailment site near Gogama, Ont., about 200 kilometres north of Sudbury. He says this poses no threat to people or the environment, adding CN will continue to monitor air quality in the area.

Feeny says CN has also started building a 460-metre-long track around the derailment site to help with fire suppression and cleanup. It will also allow CN to restore rail service on the line once those tasks are done.

The train derailed early Saturday, causing a fire and a spill into a local river system.

The railway says there’s no sign local drinking water has been polluted. It also says air monitoring systems have not detected any issues.

This is the third CN derailment in northern Ontario is less than a month, and the second in the same area

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