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Train derails and catches fire, people evacuated as smoke seen for miles

Train derails and catches fire, people evacuated as smoke seen for miles”

A KTVI reporter in St. Louis said the material inside the train was ethanol so people are being told to stand upwind as the fire burns.

Video showed more than 10 train cars derailed and flames shooting from the wreckage.

A massive train derailment in IL - which saw 14 freight cars fly off the tracks - led to numerous evacuations and a giant chemical fire on Tuesday, according to reports.

"First responders are on scene of a multiple train vehicle derailment on Carondelet Ave", according to a St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency Facebook post. Union Pacific crews will work Tuesday night and early Wednesday to remove the derailed cars.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South said the smoke from the fire does not pose a significant health hazard.

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

Several nearby homes and a school have been evacuated.

Locals in the Adams subdivision were ordered to evacuate and sent to the East Carondelet Community Center.

Emergency officials said they were not immediately aware of what the train was carrying.

In a separate statement, Union Pacific said the derailment occurred at around 12:45 p.m.in the Dupo rail yard. Both crossings are closed. Initial information from the scene indicates that the tank vehicle contains a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone.

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

At the time of the derailment, a train was being built for departure.

This is a developing story.



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