Transport Minister orders trains to slowdown

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Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has ordered all trains carrying a significant amount of dangerous goods on federal lines to slow down, in the wake of a CP crude oil train derailment in Saskatchewan. In the most recent incident, a freight train derailed in rural Saskatchewan and about 85 residents are being evacuated from the area. The train jumped the tracks about near Guernsey, roughly 115 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon. There are no reports of injuries. In December, about 19 cars of a CP train derailed in the same area, causing a major blaze and spilling 1.5-million litres of oil. The Ministerial order under the Railway Safety Act requires trans with 20 or more cars of dangerous goods to be limited to 20 mph in metropolitan areas and 25 mph outside these areas effective immediately.

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