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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Train Derails, Catches Fire Near Plaster Rock

A CN freight train derailing and catching fire in the northwestern part of the province.

The train jumping the tracks about five kilometres outside the village of Plaster Rock in the community of Wapske just after 7pm. According to reports, the train was carrying propane and crude oil. 
One witness describes seeing two huge fireballs. While nearby homes were evacuated, there were no reported injuries. Emergency crews planning on letting the fire burn itself out
A team of eight disaster volunteers with the Red Cross arriving in Plaster Rock from Fredericton to help local authorities with a reception centre and shelter if needed for any evacuees. A shelter opening at the Tobique Plex recreation and community centre at 159 Main Street.