Nanticoke derailment forces evacuation

Published: February 12th 2009
John Burman - The Hamilton Spectator
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Nine tanker cars off tracks, one leaking

NANTICOKE – Two homes have been evacuated after a train wreck involving nine tank cars.

One tank car is loaded with about 80,000 litres of gasoline.

Police said the two homes closest to the Imperial Oil (Esso) refinery where the derailment occurred at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday were evacuated and Rainham Road is closed.

There have been no injuries or fire, but Haldimand fire crews and Norfolk OPP are standing by.

Esso’s emergency response team and Ontario Southern railway work crews work to stop a leak from the gasoline tank car.

Police have closed Rainham Road between Sandusk Road and Nanticoke Road (Haldimand Road 55). Rainham Road will remain closed throughout most of the morning.

OPP Constable Mark Foster says the gasoline tanker is leaking as a result of the derailment on Imperial Oil property.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

It is not clear what caused the train cars to leave the tracks or whether the other cars are loaded as well, Foster said.

Foster said refinery and rail workers worked throughout the night to get the cars upright and back on the tracks and to stop the leak from the gasoline tanker.

At some point this morning the gasoline is expected to be transferred to other vehicles with Transport Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Environment supervising.

Haldimand County firefighters from the Selkirk and Jarvis stations and Haldimand County EMS are on scene to assist.

The Ministry of Environment and Transport Canada will investigate and oversee the cleanup.

The train is operated by Southern Ontario Railway of Hamilton.