Friday, October 7, 2011

Central Illinois town evacuated following fiery train derailment - 7th Oct 2011

Authorities are evacuating the entire town of Tiskilwa following a major train derailment overnight that left multiple tanker cars exploding, according to fire officials and area residents.

Tiskilwa is a town of about 800 people located about 8 miles south of Princeton and 115 miles west of Chicago.

"It's a mess," said Mike McComber, owner of the Indian Valley Inn, a restaurant-bar where many town residents were taking refuge. "A quarter to a half mile of cars derailed. Many of them are on fire.

"Everytime one of them explodes, it sounds like a bomb is going off. Three have gone off so far."

At least six cars on the 112-car train were burning, and officials were worried about expanding liquid vapor explosions, said Capt. Steve Haywood of the Ottawa Fire Department. The fire still had not been brought under control by 5:15 a.m. and it probably would be permitted to burn out on its own he said. It was unclear how many cars derailed. Read More

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