December 10, 2019 / 7:13 PM / a month ago

Fires from CP Rail train derailment under control: safety officials

The wreckage of a derailed Canadian Pacific Railway train hauling crude oil is seen near Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Canada, December 9, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. MELANIE LOESSI via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Fires are still burning at the site where a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed early Monday while hauling oil, but they are under control, CP and public safety officials said on Tuesday.

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) said in a statement the scene was contained, with about 100 responders focusing on suppressing the remaining fires in an affected area of about five to 10 acres.

CP said in a statement that 34 cars derailed west of Guernsey, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, spilling crude and causing a fire.

It is not yet clear how much oil was spilled.

“The last that I have on it is that things are under control... the fire is contained in an area, there’s no concern about other tanker cars catching fire at this point,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday.

CP said it re-opened the rail line on Tuesday morning once all track repairs and safety inspections were complete.

Garneau said Canada’s Transportation Safety Board was investigating the derailment. The site had been inspected by Transport Canada in August and by CP in the last few days, he said.

“It was fine. In fact a train passed going the other way a few hours before,” Garneau said. “So we don’t know what happened in that interim period and that’s what the Transportation Safety Board will investigate.”

Reporting By Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; Writing by Allison Lampert; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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