A freight train derailment and chemical fire prompted evacuations in Illinois


Black smoke was sent into the air. Plumes of huge black smoke have been seen miles away from the crash site. The train  have been carrying a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone for the Union Pacific transport company. The substance typically used as a solvent can cause skin rashes. Schools in the area had to be evacuated following an air quality test and students and staff were transported to Columbia High School. The cause of the derailment, which happened around 12:45 p.m. local time, was under investigation. The fire was extinguished around 3:15 p.m. Nearly 400 people were without power Tuesday after the derailment. Union Pacific apologized for the impact of the accident. St. Clair County Emergency Management Director Herb Simmons said there were no injuries reported.


The EPA monitor air and water in the area. Accidents with flammable substances are particularly dangerous dur to the blast danger but a such thing not occurred in this case.


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