Strathroy train derailment: Transportation Safety Board officials say one of the freight train cars was carrying flammable liquid propane gas residue

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STRATHROY – 

Highly flammable goods were being carried by one of the 13 cars of a freight train that derailed early Wednesday here, an official says – raising questions about the wording of earlier official statements by investigators and politicians.

A Transportation Safety Board of Canada official, Chris Krepski, told Postmedia a liquid propane gas residue was in one of the cars involved in the derailment that happened at about 4:30 a.m. in the middle of Strathroy.

A “residue train car” is an empty car that at one point was filled with a certain product, but which is classified as such because there could still some of the product left inside.

Krepski said the car landed on its side and early reports indicated no sign of leaks of the highly flammable material.

“We are deploying investigative units to gather information . . . and assess the damage . . . but reports show there weren’t any leaks,” he said.

Krepski said none of the other cars on the 120-car train contained dangerous goods.

In an initial news release sent by the federal agency about the derailment, the Transportation Safety Board stated “no dangerous goods were released” in the Wednesday morning incident. It was not made clear then whether any so-called “dangerous goods” were being carried.

Early Wednesday, Strathroy-Caradoc Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden wrote on Facebook two hours after the 4:30 a.m. derailment: “There were no hazardous materials on the train.”


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