Louis-area derailment causes fire, evacuations but no one hurt

Louis-area derailment causes fire, evacuations but no one hurt

Louis-area derailment causes fire, evacuations but no one hurt

Evacuations are underway after a train derailment resulted in a fire in IL today.

A train derailed in Dupo, Illinois at around 1:45 p.m. EST.

At least 16 train cars are believed to have derailed.

"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 apologized for the accident and the "impact" it had caused.

There are several cars off the track and from a live stream it looks as if at least one auto is on fire.

One witness said heard a loud bang and then saw a fireball go up at the rail yard in the Tuesday afternoon incident, according to KMOV4.

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

A local community center was opened where about 40 people took refuge.

Schools in the Dupo School District were also evacuated and students and staff were transported to Columbia High School.

Union Pacific told DailyMail.com in a statement that a tank carrying a flammable chemical vehicle caught fire, sparking the roaring blaze.

"Approximately 14 rail cars derailed in Union Pacific's Dupo Yard", the company said.

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

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. It is typically used as a solvent.

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. Our yard and nearby intermodal ramp were safely evacuated.

No injuries were immediately reported.

It's highly flammable and can cause explosions.

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