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Train derailed in Strathroy west of London, Ont. on Wednesday July 19, 2017. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)

Train derails, questions linger

Strathroy dodged a bullet Wednesday, but serious questions remain — about public safety and the fallout for rail passengers — after a freight train derailed in the middle of town.

A CN freight train derailed in Strathroy, Ontario, about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The train went off the tracks between the crossings at Caradoc Street and Richmond Street in the middle of the town, leaving a wreckage-strewn crash scene that drew hundreds of curious onlookers. Nobody was injured, police said. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)

Procedure avoids panic: expert

A rail-safety expert is praising the measured official response to Wednesday’s train derailment, saying it likely helped to avoid panic in the town.

The Alvinston Optimists presented The Family Health Team and the Inwood Kids Program with a cheque for $1000, enough money to keep the summer camp running for five weeks. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Program offers fun and education

This summer marks the fifth year of the Inwood Kids Program, a rural summer camp run through the Central Lambton Family Health Team and other partners like the Oil Heritage District Community Centre. The program has something for all ages, and children as young as one and up to the age of 15 can attend.

The two families stood on the front porch of one of the new homes in Watford to say their thanks and accept the keys to their brand new homes on Scenic Drive. Melissa Schilz/Postmedia Network

Welcome to the neighbourhood

It was an emotional afternoon in Watford on Friday – two families were handed the keys to their new homes built by Habitat for Humanity, signaling a fresh start.