Evacuations ordered after freight train derails, catches fire in New Brunswick

PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick (AP) - A freight train carrying crude oil and propane has derailed and caught fire in a sparsely populated region of Canada.

Emergency officials in northwestern New Brunswick have ordered the evacuation of about two dozen homes in the community of Plaster Rock. It's unclear at this point how big the fire is or whether anyone was hurt.

A spokeswoman for Ambulance New Brunswick says no casualties have been transported from the site.

The Canadian National Railway says the freight train was headed to Moncton from Central Canada when it ran into trouble around 7 p.m. The train's engineer and conductor were the only people on the train, and a railway spokesman says they were not hurt in the derailment.

In July, 47 people were killed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when a train carrying crude oil derailed. Another oil train from North Dakota derailed and exploded in Alabama in November, causing no deaths but releasing an estimated 749,000 gallons of oil from 26 tanker cars.

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