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Evacuation order lifted in Emerson

Approximately 40 people were allowed to return to their homes in Emerson, Man., Tuesday night after a train derailment triggered the evacuation of part of the border town.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the derailment of two train cars containing unscented propane at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to an RCMP press release.

No leaks were detected during the investigation of the accident, but homes within 100 meters of the site were evacuated as a precaution.

The BNSF Railway train was traveling from Grand Forks to Winnipeg on Canadian National tracks, according to spokeswoman Amy McBeth. The cars were put back on track Tuesday night and the line was reopened Wednesday morning.

The evacuation order was lifted just before 11:30 p.m. There is no criminal investigation into the accident, the RCMP said.

Emerson, a town of 700, is about 80 miles north of Grand Forks, just east of the port of entry at Pembina, N.D.