Montreal

Train carrying hazardous materials derails in L'Assomption, Que.

A cargo train has derailed near L'Assomption, Que., just east of Montreal, but officials say people living in the area are not in danger.

About 10 cars came off the tracks, but CN says none are leaking and the population is not in danger

Authorities are on the scene Wednesday, assessing the damage. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

A cargo train has derailed near L'Assomption, Que., just east of Montreal, but officials say people living in the area are not in danger.

Canadian National Railway teams were sent to the scene to assess the damage.

According to a CN spokesperson, preliminary information indicates that about 10 cars were involved, some of which contain hazardous materials.

CN says the derailed cars are not leaking.

It is not clear what caused the derailment, nor is it known how long it will take to clear the tracks of derailed cars.

Via Rail uses that track for its Montreal-Jonquière and Montreal-Senneterre passenger service, and trains on those routes were cancelled for the day.

With files from Radio-Canada