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Mississauga Train Derailment, November 11, 1979, Cooksville
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Title: Mississauga Train Derailment, November 11, 1979, Cooksville
Identifier: MI0139
Date of Original Photo: 1979
Image Type: Slide
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 peace-time evacuations in history. This photo gives an aerial view of the derailment, showing greenhouses belonging to the Parks and Recreation Department in the area which were destroyed by the explosion and fire. Original photo at Museums of Mississauga. Description as of September 2012.
Agency: Mississauga Library System
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