September 10, 2019 – In Breaking News – New York Post
A massive train derailment in Illinois — which saw 14 freight cars fly off the tracks — led to numerous evacuations and a giant chemical fire on Tuesday, according to reports.
Footage captured at the scene shows large flames and plumes of smoke shooting up into the air and out from several train cars, which were said to have been carrying a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone for the Union Pacific transport company.
No injuries were immediately reported.
The cause of the derailment, which happened around 12:45 p.m. local time, was under investigation.
— KMOV (@KMOV) September 10, 2019
“A tank car caught fire…The fire was extinguished around 3:15 p.m.”
(A freight train derailed Tuesday afternoon in downstate Dupo, Illinois, near St. Louis. The derailment caused a fire, and thick black smoke could be seen for miles. Courtesy of CBS Chicago and YouTube. Posted on Sep 10, 2019.)
Schools and residences in the area had to be evacuated due to the exposure to methyl isobutly ketone, which can reportedly cause skin rashes.
“Following an air quality test, area evacuations were lifted,” officials said.
“Out of an abundance of caution, CTEH, our environmental contractor, will continue to monitor air quality downwind and southwind at least 5 miles from the yard until further notice.”
(Emergency crews are responding to a train derailment and fire in Dupo, Illinois. A spokesperson for St. Clair County Emergency Management said they received a call just after 12:30 p.m. for a train derailment and fire in the 2400 block of Carondelet Avenue. The train is a Union Pacific train. Officials said they don’t know what the train was carrying. Officials said they are not aware of any injuries. Several dozen homes in the nearby area are being evacuated. Courtesy of 10News WTSP and YouTube. Posted on Sep 10, 2019.)
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