Oct 08, 2014

By Scott Walker

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Another small community is facing a state of emergency after a train derailment.

The village of Clair, Saskatchewan, was evacuated, along with several nearby farms, after a CN Rail freight train went off the tracks and burst into flames.

The train was hauling dangerous goods, including petroleum products.

Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to the site. TSB spokesman Rob Johnston says they will assess the condition of the train, the tracks, and the cars that have not burst into flames to see if they are carrying anything potentially flammable.

Clair is located about 190 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

The rail industry has been under increased scrutiny since July of last year, when 47 people died after a train carrying hazardous oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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