Illinois derailment causes fire, evacuations but no one hurt

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

Kristen South, senior director of corporate communications for Union Pacific, said around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, 14 rail cars derailed in the Dupo Yard near Carondelet Avenue between N. Main Street and Adams Road.

"First responders are on scene of a multiple train auto derailment on Carondelet Ave", according to a St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency Facebook post.

It is not clear what the train was transporting or if there are any injuries.

Several nearby homes and a school have been evacuated.

Schools in the Dupo School District were also evacuated and students and staff were transported to Columbia High School.

Emergency officials said they were not immediately aware of what the train was carrying.

Union Pacific told in a statement that a tank carrying a flammable chemical auto caught fire, sparking the roaring blaze. Both crossings are closed.

A massive train derailment in IL - which saw 14 freight cars fly off the tracks - led to numerous evacuations and a giant chemical fire on Tuesday, according to reports. "Initial information indicates the tank vehicle contained a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone, which is typically used as a solvent", South explains. It is typically used as a solvent.

There have so no reports of deaths and injuries far been, with railroad staff safely evacuated from the yard.

Methyl isobutly ketone is a solvent for manufacturing paints, rubbers, pharmaceuticals, other chemicals, and industrial cleaners. It could also damage the liver and kidneys. Tuesday's derailment sparked a massive fire in a train yard near Dupo that sent a dark plume of smoke in the sky that could be seen for miles. Black smoke coming from the derailment scene can be seen for miles and caused the evacuation of schools in the town, authorities said.

This is a developing story.

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