Train vehicle on fire after IL derailment

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 11, 2019

The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported the train derailed about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency in IL revealed on Facebook that officials will remain on the scene "for an extended period resolving this incident".

Dupo Police announced evacuations for the area around 1.15pm and several homes in the area were cleared, according to WVTM.

A local community center was opened where about 40 people took refuge.

Emergency officials said they were not immediately aware of what the train was carrying. The railroad said initial information indicates that the tank auto that first caught fire contains a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone that is typically used as a solvent.

Union Pacific told in a statement that a tank carrying a flammable chemical vehicle caught fire, sparking the roaring blaze.

The frightening incident occurred at around 12:45 p.m. and caused a tank auto to catch fire, Kristen M. South, a representative for Union Pacific tells PEOPLE.

"Approximately 14 rail cars derailed in Union Pacific's Dupo Yard", the company said. It is typically used as a solvent.

Union Pacific is working with area first responders to put out the fire.

There have so no reports of deaths and injuries far been, with railroad staff safely evacuated from the yard. Despite the fire, chemicals, and the lingering summer heat, no injuries or illnesses were reported. Prolonged contact to the chemical can result in a skin rash, dryness and redness.

A train derailed in southwestern Illinois Tuesday afternoon, sparking a huge fire that sent plumes of black smoke billowing into the air that could be seen in downtown St. Louis.

This is a developing story.

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