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Dupo IllinoisPosted by Herb Simmons on Tuesday, September 10, 2019
A massive fire is raging fury in southern Illinois after a freight train derailed and a tank holding a flammable liquid erupted in flames on Tuesday.
A Union Pacific train in St. Clair County, Illinois suddenly derailed in a rail yard around 12.30pm.
Photos - Derailment - Show - Train - Cars
Shocking photos from derailment and blaze show at least 16 train cars off the tracks, some of them toppled over and charred in the flames.
St. Clair County Emergency Management said they received a call just after 12:30 p.m and are currently on the scene at the 2400 block of Carondelet Avenue.
Firefighters - Scene - Flames
Firefighters are on the scene to put out the raging flames.
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.
Dupo - Police - Evacuations - Area - Homes
Dupo Police announced evacuations for the area around 1.15pm and several homes in the area were cleared, according to WVTM.
Locals in the Adams subdivision were ordered to evacuate and sent to the East Carondelet Community Center.
Authorities - Injuries - Moment
Authorities said they are not aware of any injuries at the moment.
Union Pacific released a statement Tuesday afternoon following the derailment explaining that a tank carrying a flammable...
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