TIMMINS, Ontario - A train carrying 100 tank cars of crude oil has derailed and exploded in Canada, the latest in a string of fiery accidents involving oil trains in Canada and the United States, which have increased dramatically in recent years. The latest incident happened late Saturday night in a remote area of northern Ontario. Twenty-nine of 100 cars derailed and at least seven were on fire; there have been no reports yet of whether oil has been spilled.
At least a quarter of the U.S. population lives near the rail lines carrying the highly toxic Bakken crude. Some of those who died as a result of the oil train derailment at Lac Megantic, Quebec in 2013 could only be identified by DNA testing.
The extractive and rail industries are aware that the railcars they use (known as DOT-111) are not designed to contain the higher sulfur content of Bakken crude, but proceed nonetheless.