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Wheel or axle failure blamed in Canada oil train derailment

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    Jan. 8, 2014: This aerial photo shows derailed train cars burning in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick.AP/The Canadian Press

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    Jan. 8, 2014: This aerial photo shows derailed train cars burning in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick.AP/The Canadian Press

A Canadian National Railway spokesman says it appears a wheel or axle failure caused a train carrying crude oil to derail in New Brunswick, causing a large fire that continues to burn a day and a half later.

Jim Feeny says an initial investigation indicates the failure caused cars near the rear of the train to go off the tracks late Tuesday. He says that likely caused the brakes to automatically be applied, bringing the 122-car train to a sudden stop.

No one was injured, but about 150 people living nearby were evacuated.

Feeny says the priority is to extinguish the fire in three cars carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas.

The derailment again raised concerns about the increasing use of rail to ship crude oil in North America.