Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a train derailment in southeastern Alberta that forced people to leave their homes and temporarily close a section of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Residents living near a community in southeastern Alberta were ordered to evacuate the area as a precautionary measure on Friday after a train derailment.

The Alberta government has issued an alert for people living within 6.5 kilometres of the Hamlet of Irvine, east of Medicine Hat.

However, the evacuation notice was lifted shortly before 11:00 p. m.

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) reports that one of its trains derailed at approximately 1520.

The carrier sent a team to the site.

The province reports that the accident resulted in exposure to chemicals, as well as damage to the railway track and disruption of road access.

But no injuries were reported.

CP issued a statement on Friday evening that two cars carrying styrene were leaking “at a minimum flow through their upper valves” and that “these small leaks were being plugged”.

The statement also states that an air quality monitoring system has been put in place in the region, and that all necessary precautions are being taken to protect public safety.

Evacuated residents were invited to a reception centre in the surrounding community of Dunmore.

The Alberta government reports that part of the Trans-Canada Highway is closed to traffic near the derailment site.

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