Evacuation of Alberta hamlet after train derailment, possible chemical exposure

IRVINE, Alta. — Residents near a community in southeastern Alberta are being told to evacuate the area as a precaution following a train derailment.

The Alberta government issued the emergency alert for people living within 6.5 kilometres of the hamlet of Irvine.

The community of about 300 is located east of Medicine Hat along the Trans-Canada Highway.

The province says the derailment involves chemical exposure, as well as damage to the rail line and disruption of road access.

Officials did not say what the train was carrying and whether there was a spill.

Residents have been told to go to a reception centre in nearby Dunmore.

The province says part of the Tans-Canada Highway is closed near the derailment.

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