Image courtesy of John Cross/ Mankato Free Press.

Transportation regulators are investigating a rail accident that sent a train hauling crude off its tracks near Ontario Saturday night and set seven rail cars on fire.

The train was heading from Alberta to eastern Canada when it derailed about 50 miles south of Timmins, Ontario around midnight Saturday.

Canadian National Railway (CN) said 29 of the train’s 100 cars were impacted by the accident and seven were set on fire.

The fires have been extinguished and no evacuations were required.

The accident happened in a remote wooded area and there were no reports of injuries.

In July last year, a derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec killed 47 people and destroyed much of the town.

Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board arrived at the accident site on Sunday.

Quebec-based CN also sent firefighting and environmental crews and equipment to the site.

“Our emergency crews continue to conduct a full site assessment to determine the number of rail cars derailed and involved in the fire, and if any product has been spilled,” a CN spokesman said.

The train has been visually inspected four times since the accident and had passed over a wayside safety detector about 20 miles away from the accident site with no issues reported, Reuters said.

The cause of the accident is still unknown.


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