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Mississauga Train Derailment, November 11, 1979, Cooksville
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Title: Mississauga Train Derailment, November 11, 1979, Cooksville
Identifier: MI0127
Date of Original Photo: 1979
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Mississauga Railway Accident (1979)
Donor: City of Mississauga
Location: Mavis Road

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Description: On the night of November 10, 1979, a 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train derailed at Mavis Road, north of Dundas Street. As a result of the subsequent explosion, when one of the tank cars carrying propane exploded, and because other tank cars were carrying chlorine, the decision was made to evacuate nearby residents in one of the largest peacetime evacuations in history. Aerial view of the derailment. As part of the cleanup, work crews used cranes to remove debris of box cars and tankers without disturbing the cars holding chlorine and propane. Original photo at Museums of Mississauga. Description as of May 2012.
Agency: Mississauga Library System
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