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Residents returning home

UPDATED: 6:14 p.m.

Residents from dozens of homes who had to leave their homes on Sunday after a train carrying crude derailed north of Edmonton were quickly allowed to return.

CN Rail says 12 rail cars carrying crude oil derailed Sunday afternoon in Sturgeon County.

A news release from the company says two of the cars released some oil, but it says those leaks have been stopped.

Two neighbourhoods in Sturgeon County were evacuated as a precaution, affecting about 46 homes, but the county announced several hours later that the evacuation was over.

A news release from the county says only a small amount of crude leaked — between 30 and 50 litres.

CN spokesman Patrick Waldron says there's no reports of the oil leaking into a waterway.

"We have personnel on the scene working with emergency responders, and more resources are being mobilized to continue that response and complete a full assessment of the incident," Waldron said by phone earlier on Sunday.

There were no reports of injuries.

CN says environmental teams are on the scene to begin a clean-up.

The railway says the cause of the derailment is under investigation.


ORIGINAL: 4:32 p.m.

Some homes in an area north of Edmonton are being evacuated because of a train derailment.

RCMP Const. Kathleen Fossen says people in two neighbourhoods in Sturgeon County are being told to leave their homes as a precaution.

She says 12 cars derailed but doesn't have further information about the train or how many people are affected.

CN spokesman Patrick Waldron says the southbound train derailed Sunday afternoon.

He says the company has activated an emergency response team which is working with emergency responders.

Waldron says he doesn't know yet what the derailed cars are carrying.

Both Fossen and Waldron say no injuries have been reported.



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