Train derails & catches fire in Illinois
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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.

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