UPDATE 9/10/19 AT 5:14 P.M.
(WSIL) — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has tweeted that no injuries have been reported.
I’m closely watching the ongoing situation in Dupo, Illinois, and will continue to follow along as it unfolds. As of this time, thankfully, no injuries have been reported. https://t.co/RR4zMNdPcP
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) September 10, 2019
UPDATE 9/10/19 AT 3:24 P.M.
DUPO, Ill. (AP) — A freight train bearing a flammable liquid used in solvents derailed in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis Tuesday, causing a fire that sent thick, black smoke into the air and prompted the evacuation of nearby schools and residences.
In a news release, Union Pacific says that the train derailed at its yard at about 12:45 p.m. in the town of Dupo, about 8 miles (14 kilometers) south of St. Louis. The railroad says initial information indicates that the tank car that first caught fire contains a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone that is typically used as a solvent.
Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South said the smoke from the fire does not pose a significant health hazard. But Dupo Police said as a precaution that students at a grade school, junior high school and high school have been evacuated to a high school farther away. Police also said a few hundred residents of a mobile home park and a subdivision near the tracks have also been evacuated.
Video shows more than 10 train cars derailed and flames shooting from the wreckage.
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ORIGINAL STORY: 9/10/19 AT 2:31 P.M.
EAST CARONDELET (WSIL) — First responders are at the scene of a train derailment and fire in the Metro East area. Aerial video shows the smoke billowing up in plumes which can be seen for miles.
According to KTVI in St. Louis, there are also flames spreading on top of the water in a nearby creek.
St. Clair County Emergency Management says that there are evacuations in the area and also reports that Ameren is cutting power to the area because there are high tension lines over the area of the fire.
KTVI reports that the train was carrying ethanol.
It is not clear if there are injuries in this crash and fire.