ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (PM) — Emergency crews are responding to a train derailment and fire in Dupo, Illinois.
A spokesperson for St. Clair County Emergency Management said they accepted a call just after 12:30 p.m. for a train derailment and fire in the 2400 block of Carondelet Avenue.
The train is Union Pacific. Officials stated they don’t know what the train was carrying.
Injuries are not known at this time. Dozens of area homes and buildings are being evacuated at this time.
Schools in the Dupo School District have been evacuated. All students and staff are being transported to Columbia High School. Parents must sign out students at the front door, the school district announced.
St. Clair County Emergency Management spokesperson Herb Simmons said the American Red Cross is coming to bring the crews water.
Smoke from the fire can be observed for miles.
Statement from Union Pacific
‘Around 12:45 p.m., a derailment occurred in Union Pacific’s Dupo Yard near Carondelet Avenue between Main and Adams Road. Both crossings are closed. The train was being built for departure at the time of the derailment, which caused a tank car to catch fire. Initial information from the scene indicates that the tank car contains a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone. It is typically used as a solvent.
Union Pacific is working with area first responders to put out the fire. Our yard and nearby intermodal ramp were safely evacuated. At this time, no injuries have been reported.’