Massive blaze as train carrying flammable liquid derails in Illinois

A Union Pacific Railroad sits on a track in a rail yard Monday

A Union Pacific Railroad sits on a track in a rail yard Monday

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

The accident occurred at around 12:45 pm local time at Union Pacific's Dupo Yard, when the train was being prepared for departure, the railroad said.

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

Herb Simmons, Emergency Management Director for St. Clair County, said the evacuation was a precaution based on early information and some uncertainty about the type of chemical and its possible impact on people.

Union Pacific said that a tank carrying a flammable liquid caught fire and spread. "You could hear the brakes, and then it was all just boom, boom, boom after that and then the fireball".

A number of nearby homes and schools were forced to evacuate the area and power was cut off to the East Carondelet community due to high tension lines above the fire, NBC News reported.

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

A train derailed in Dupo Illinois triggering a large fire and response effort
A train derailed in Dupo Illinois triggering a large fire and response effort

Authorities said they are not aware of any injuries at the moment. "A tank auto caught fire..." Both crossings are closed.

The cause is unknown at the time of publication. It is typically used as a solvent.

'Union Pacific is working with area first responders to put out the fire. Despite the fire, chemicals, and the lingering summer heat, no injuries or illnesses were reported.

It's highly flammable and can cause explosions.

It posted a video of large plumes of black smoke coming from a fire. Tuesday's derailment sparked a massive fire in a train yard near Dupo that sent a dark plume of smoke in the sky that could be seen for miles.

This is a developing story.

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