Sturgeon Valley residents back home after train derails

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Residents from dozens of homes who had to leave their homes on Sunday after a train carrying crude derailed north of Edmonton were quickly allowed to return.

Authorities have begun to clean up an estimated 30 to 50 liters (8 to 13 gallons) of crude that leaked from the train.

At least a dozen rail cars derailed in Sturgeon County at around 1:30 p.m. on October 22, 2017.

On Monday, County officials said the clean-up was expected to continue throughout the day, including removing the damaged cars and fixing tracks damaged in the incident. Photo courtesy Patrick Potter.

RCMP asked residents in the River's Edge and Noroncal neighbourhoods to evacuate their homes as a precaution, although police don't believe there's a danger to the public, Const. Kathleen Sossen told CBC News Sunday afternoon.

CN crews as well as unsafe goods and environmental teams were still on scene Monday afternoon cleaning up, removing the toppled railcars and repairing the damaged track.

"The cause is under investigation, so when there is an incident, we launch a full investigation", CN Rail spokesperson Kate Fenske said.