A train derailed in southwestern Illinois Tuesday afternoon, sparking a huge fire that sent plumes of black smoke billowing into the air that could be seen in downtown St. Louis.
Fox 2 reported that first responders were on the scene near Dupo, about eight miles south of St. Louis. Video from KMOV-TV showed at least 10 train cars derailed while flames erupted from the wreckage.
The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported the train derailed about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. It posted a video of large plumes of black smoke coming from a fire.
In a separate statement, Union Pacific said the derailment occurred at around 12:45 p.m. in the Dupo rail yard.
“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.”
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Emergency officials said they were not immediately aware of what the train was carrying.
Dupo police say students at a grade school, junior high school and a high school have been evacuated to a high school farther away. Police say a few hundred residents of a mobile home park and a subdivision near the tracks also have been evacuated.
This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.