Canada Train Accident, Crews from Franklin County are in Canada after a train accident in the town of Lac Megantic, Quebec happened at 1:00am Saturday.
A Franklin County dispatcher said tankers on a 73-car train were filled with crude oil and caught fire after the train derailed. Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic Railway company owns the train. Radio Canada, a CNN affiliate, says the train was heading towards Maine.
Radio Canada reports the fire has spread to many residences and has created a dense smoke that has a nauseating smell. Fuel also spilled into the Chaudiere River.
More than five firefighting vehicles from US cities have been sent to Lac Megantic, including one from Farmington and one from Eustis, both supplied with Class A foam – a substance used to save buildings from extensive fire damage.
It is not known if there are any injuries at this point. Surrounding towns have been evacuated. Radio Canada says Quebec Police have established a security perimeter to keep residents safe and away from the scene.