Updated: Six train cars carrying liquid propane derail in Pictou County

Published on June 9, 2014


A freight train carrying liquid propane went off the tracks Monday afternoon in Pictou County.

According to a statement from RCMP at 9:20 p.m., six cars carrying a butane/propane mix, commonly referred to as liquid odourless propane, went off the track near 180 Lansdowne Rd. in West River Station this afternoon.

There were two people on board the train and no reports of any injuries. Officials said some containers are on their side but are not leaking.  

RCMP, EMO, Department of the Environment, railway company officials and local fire services responded.

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said the train engineer noticed there was something wrong during the trip from Truro to Pictou County and stopped the vehicle. When he looked, there were about half a dozen cars off the tracks.

Although there was no immediate indication that liquid was leaking or that there could be an explosion, as a precaution MacRae said they evacuated an area of about 2.5 kilometres surrounding the site. He didn’t know the exact number of those impacted but said because it is a rural area the number wasn’t high.

RCMP are asking affected residents to attend the West River Fire Hall to register with officials on site there. 

Emergency and cleanup crews are en route to the scene, the RCMP said, and are expected to arrive late evening and work throughout the night and into tomorrow.