A freight train carrying liquid propane went off the tracks Monday afternoon near 180 Lansdowne Road in West River Station.
UPDATED: Pictou County District RCMP are currently on the scene of a train derailment in Lansdowne.
At 1:57 p.m., RCMP received a call that a train had left the tracks near the Intersection of Lansdowne and Montreal Roads in Lansdowne.
The train was travelling from Stellarton to Truro at the time. RCMP, EMO, New Glasgow Fire Department HAZMAT and officials from the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway responded to the derailment and remain scene at this time.
Two people were on board the train and there are no reports of any injuries. Six containers left the tracks which contained a butane/propane mix, commonly referred to as Liquid Odourless Propane.
Due to the hazardous nature of the cargo, residents within a two kilometre radius of the scene have been evacuated from their homes. They are asked to attend the West River Fire Hall to Register with officials on site there.
Emergency and cleanup crews are on scene at this time. They are expected to continue their work today.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.