A NEAR-DISASTER UNITED MISSISSAUGA; Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of a 106-car freight train derailment and fire that caused 20,000 people to seek shelter in malls, and grocery stores to give out free food and supplies, as the then-five-year-old city
I t's been called the "Mississauga Miracle" - the greatest Canadian disaster that never was.
Forty years ago this Sunday, a 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train loaded with propane, chlorine and other toxic chemicals derailed and caught fire in the suburban city, unleashing blasts of poison clouds that took almost a week to clear. The emergency prompted the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history as more than 226,000 people fled.
Yet there were no casualties.