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Mississauga Train Derailment, Queen Elizabeth Way
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Title: Mississauga Train Derailment, Queen Elizabeth Way
Identifier: HF0105
Date of Original Photo: November 1979
Image Type: Slide, 35 mm
Subject: Mississauga Railway Accident (1979)
Donor: Friends of the Mississauga Library System

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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 peace time evacuations in history. Here is an unusual sight: the QEW totally deserted after the evacuation. Photographed from the overpass at Erin Mills Parkway, looking east toward Mississauga by Bert Hoferichter, MPA.
Agency: Mississauga Library System