IL train derailment sparks massive fire, forces home and school evacuations

Train derailment

The derailment caused a tank auto with methyl isobutyl ketone solvent to catch fire.

In a news release, Union Pacific said that the train derailed at its yard at about 12:45 the town of Dupo, about 8 miles (14 kilometers) south of St. Louis.

Thick, black smoke can be seen for miles and evacuations have been ordered after a train derailed in an IL suburb of St Louis.

TRAIN DERAILMENT: A Union Pacific train has derailed and burst into flames in Dupo, Illinois.

Union Pacific said that a tank carrying a flammable liquid caught fire and spread.

KMOV-TV posted video showing more than 10 train cars derailed and flames shooting from the wreckage.

"First responders are on scene of a multiple train auto derailment on Carondelet Ave", according to a St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency Facebook post.

Dupo Police announced evacuations for the area around 1.15pm and several homes in the area were cleared, according to WVTM. This spurred a mandatory evacuation order for three subdivisions, one business, and Dupo schools, impacting hundreds of people.

The cause of the derailment, which happened around 12:45 p.m. local time, was under investigation.

"The train was being built for departure at the time of the derailment, which caused a tank vehicle to catch fire". It is typically used as a solvent.

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

There have so no reports of deaths and injuries far been, with railroad staff safely evacuated from the yard.

Authorities said they are not aware of any injuries at the moment.

This is a developing story.



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