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A small town in Canada was just evacuated after a massive train burst into flames

A Saskatchewan village was evacuated after a CP Rail train went off the tracks, causing an "inferno"-like fire on Thursday morning.

Guernsey, Sask. — a village located about 100 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon — was evacuated at 6:15 a.m. CST.

The train was carrying crude oil, and derailed approximately 2.5 kilometres outside of Guernsey.

Thirty-one cars went off the tracks. The train burst into flames, billowing black smoke into the sky.

Firefighters went door-to-door, asking 85 residents to immediately leave the area.

Bizarrely, this isn't the first time in Guernsey that a train has erupted into a fiery blaze — another CP train hauling crude oil derailed on December 9, 2019.

Villagers were similarly told by firefighters to evacuate following the incident.

Tom Lukiwski, the Conservative Party MP for the area, said he was "very surprised" to learn of the second incident.

"Perhaps this is a coincidence," he said. "Perhaps it’s something larger than that."

Following today's incident, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has issued an immediate order to "slow trains carrying significant quantities of dangerous goods on federally regulated railway tracks across Canada."

Lead photo by

Philippe Gaudet



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