Fiery aftermath of train derailment in IL

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2019

The main Union Pacific track was closed temporarily for the safety of first responders, according to South, but was reopened to train traffic a short time later.

Footage from the scene showed the fire raging and more than a dozen overturned cars scattered around the tracks.

St. Clair County Emergency Management said they received a call just after 12:30 p.m and are now on the scene at the 2400 block of Carondelet Avenue. Union Pacific crews will work Tuesday night and early Wednesday to remove the derailed cars.

A train has derailed near Dupo, Illinois Tuesday afternoon.

Union Pacific says there are no injures reported at the moment. The derailment caused a tank vehicle with methyl isobutyl ketone solvent to catch fire.

Union Pacific said that a tank carrying a flammable liquid caught fire and spread.

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. "You could hear the brakes, and then it was all just boom, boom, boom after that and then the fireball". Our yard and nearby intermodal ramp were safely evacuated. At this time, no injuries have been reported, ' the statement added.

Authorities said they are not aware of any injuries at the moment.

In a news release, Union Pacific said that the train derailed at its yard at about 12:45 the town of Dupo, about 8 miles (14 kilometers) south of St. Louis.

Schools and residences in the area had to be evacuated due to the exposure to methyl isobutly ketone, which can reportedly cause skin rashes.

This is a developing story.

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