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Oil Train Crush

Train transporting petroleum products derails near Levis

A train carrying petroleum products derailed Tuesday afternoon, spilling 100,000 litres of gasoline and diesel fuel, a fire department spokesman said.
Eighteen cars of the 58-car train jumped the tracks, prompting people to be evacuated from six chalets in the rural area as a precaution. Levis Fire Chief Yves Despres said the fuel had leaked.

Authorities said it would take about 24 hours to clean up the mess.

Crews from the provincial Environment Department, the Ultramar refinery in Levis, CN and the police and fire deparment were on the scene.