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Cargo Train Derails in Canada's Alberta Province, 'Chemical Exposure' Prompts Evacuation - Reports

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A train derailed in Canada's southern Alberta province on Friday, prompting an evacuation of nearby residents for fear of chemical exposure and disrupting road and highway access, Reuters, reported, citing the Alberta government.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties, according to Reuters. The derailment caused damage along the railway line and "chemical exposure", according to Alberta Emergency Alert, cited by Reuters. Residents within a 7-kilometre (4.35-mile) radius were reportedly told to evacuate the area immediately.

The incident led to the shut down of part of the Trans-Canada highway, Reuters said, citing local media.

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