Train comes off the tracks and goes up in flames!
A freight train derailed in southwestern Illinois, in Dupo, this Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. CDT. The accident caused a fire and sent a plume of thick, black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.
Union Pacific, the freight-hauling railroad company that owns the train, reported that the derailment caused a tank car to catch fire.
It's reported that the tank car that first caught fire contained a chemical called methyl isobutyl ketone, a highly flammable liquid used in solvents.
A video from KMOV-TV shows more than 10 train cars derailed while flames were erupting from the wreckage.
Union Pacific spokeswoman, Kristen South, said the smoke from the fire does not pose a significant health hazard. But Dupo Police claim that, as a precaution, students at elementary school, junior high school, and high school have been evacuated to a high school farther away. They also evacuated residents close to the wreckage to
If there were any injuries during this accident, they have yet to be reported to a public news source.
"Right now the smoke is really dying down and that's because of the good attack our first responders got on it," A spokesman for St. Clair County Emergency Management, Herb Simmons, said in a Facebook live stream.