Rail derailment happened at 10:40 a.m. CST Tuesday about 20 kilometres west of the town of 1,300, which is about 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon...."It's huge," Alison Squires, editor of the Wadena News, told CBC News describing what she saw shortly after the derailment. "It's like taller than a [grain] elevator."
About 50 people were evacuated from Clair, a small community about one kilometre from the crash. People were also evacuated from other farm homes in the area, the RCMP said.
Students at the school in Wadena were being kept indoors during the school day.
"Huge plumes of smoke and fire," Squires said. "RCMP and obviously local fire departments are there. They're detouring traffic."
A spokesman for CN said the train was hauling 100 cars, 26 of which derailed.
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