Entries in Train Derailment (3)


Train Derailment in Ohio Sparks Explosion, Prompts Evacuations

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- A train in Columbus, Ohio, derailed early Wednesday morning, sparking an explosion and the evacuation of about 100 people near the fire, ABC News affiliate WSYX-TV reports.

At least two people have been injured.  Their conditions are not yet known.

The derailment happened at 2 a.m. on Fields Avenue.  Eleven cars in total derailed.  WSYX says some of the cars were carrying ethanol, a highly flammable substance.  As of a result, two went up in flames.

People within a one-mile radius of the blaze have been evacuated, according to WSYX.  A hazardous materials team has been called to the scene.

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Feds Investigating Illinois Train Derailment

File photo. (Stockbyte/Thinkstock)(TISKILWA, Ill.) -- A team of federal investigators has been dispatched to Illinois following Friday morning’s freight train derailment that forced residents of the north-central town of Tiskilwa, about 115 miles west of Chicago, to evacuate and multiple tanker cars to explode.

“We had a derailment of an Iowa Interstate freight train,” Les Grant, a spokesman for Bureau County Emergency Services, told ABC News earlier Friday. “They were hauling approximately 20 to 25 alcohol cars. As a result of the derailment a few of those cars caught on fire.”

No injuries were reported.

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Train With Volatile Chemicals Derails in Ohio, Sparks Massive Fireball

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WTVG Toledo(ARCADIA, Ohio) -- A freight train carrying ethanol derailed near Arcadia, Ohio, early Sunday morning, causing more than a dozen tankers to catch fire and forcing nearby residents to evacuate their homes.

A fireball could be seen from up to 15 miles away. There were no immediate reports of injures.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman had to tell nearby residents to leave.

“We've evacuated several homes in the one-mile-square area,” Heldman said. “We're asking everybody to stay away from that area.”

Arcadia Fire Department Capt. Jim Breyman said there is concern about a potential chemical spill.

“We're looking right now at trying to decide whether some of the ethanol is getting into the local water ways,” he said. “We're working on doing some air monitoring and water testing throughout the area.”

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