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BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment

 
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BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
TISKILWA, Ill. (AP) -- A fiery freight train derailment in north-central Illinois has forced authorities to evacuate residents of the small community of Tiskilwa (TIHS'-kihl-wah).

The Bureau County sheriff's office says the train derailed early Friday.

Capt. Steve Haywood of the Ottawa Fire Department says the train's tanker cars were carrying ethanol being shipped by Decatur-based corn processor Archer Daniels Midland.

Witnesses have reported hearing explosions. And Haywood says at least one tanker car was burning.

There's no word yet on any injuries. Authorities say the town's evacuees are being taken to Princeton High School.

Tiskilwa is a village of about 800 people that's located about 100 miles west of Chicago.

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800 evacuated after Illinois train derailment

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UPDATE: Entire town of Tiskilwa, Illinois, evacuated as fire rages following train derailment

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"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.
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
Was just checking the news before I head out the door to work for the day....

Damn. I hope nobody winds up losing their homes...and I hope nobody from the train crew is hurt (or worse).

I'm also keeping an eye on a situation down in Cordova (in the northern part of Rock Island County). An Inmated escaped from the East Moline Correctional Center yesterday late in the morning....and as of last night right before I went to bed they still had yet to find him.


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The pictures from the article on the QC Times website does the county authorities down their no favors...
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Fire could go huge....16 tanker cars all filled with Ethanol and on fire?....that's a big bomb just waiting to touch off...
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Thanks for pin.
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Fire could go huge....16 tanker cars all filled with Ethanol and on fire?....that's a big bomb just waiting to touch off...
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Indeed. I see the city of Princeton has a shelter set up for the folks that were displaced by this disaster.

Good on Princeton.
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Fire could go huge....16 tanker cars all filled with Ethanol and on fire?....that's a big bomb just waiting to touch off...
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Indeed. I see the city of Princeton has a shelter set up for the folks that were displaced by this disaster.

Good on Princeton.
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Hopefully it's about done...I just heard 60 tank cars, not 16...
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UPDATE: Official says fire from train derailment in Tiskilwa, Illinois, is contained; no injuries or fatalities reports

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no injuries!!

UPDATE: Official says fire from train derailment in Tiskilwa, Illinois, is contained; no injuries or fatalities reports - @NBCNews

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Evacuate! Here come the zombies
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
It reminds me of the Crescent City, IL disaster when a small Illinois town of 800 was destroyed by a derailed train. Damage was $2 million in 1970!

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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
Fire could go huge....16 tanker cars all filled with Ethanol and on fire?....that's a big bomb just waiting to touch off...
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Yup, a serious BLEVE situation.


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It reminds me Steven Spilberg´s "Super 8" movie.
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
I live about 10 mintues from here all my guys were late to work this morning trying to get a look. It happend a little after 2am. This is not suprising the tracks around here need major work. Right next to my family's ATV park in Atkinson IL the tracks are awful we have called in several times for them to come fix a huge dip in the tracks. It is only a matter of time when repairs are not made. I just feel bad that it had to happen so close to a town. Maybe they will start inspecting a little better.
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
Fire could go huge....16 tanker cars all filled with Ethanol and on fire?....that's a big bomb just waiting to touch off...
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Yup, a serious BLEVE situation.


Boiling
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Expanding
Vapor
Explosion

Very nasty indeed.
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Wow! Check out the live feed from the helicopter!

It is a miracle that no one was killed or injured.
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
This happened on one of my desks in 2007 in painsville, oh

Actually, I think the first one might be on the Norfolk Southern around Findlay






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Thanks for posting OP!

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Fire could go huge....16 tanker cars all filled with Ethanol and on fire?....that's a big bomb just waiting to touch off...
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Nice.

And I have about 5 to 6 trains a week filled with ethanol going by and my house is about a football field from the tracks.
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
This post was interesting. It is from the comment section of the Chicago Tribune article.

"Having lived in Ottawa for four years, having specifically studying this rail line, having spoken with many LaSalle County officials about this line, I can unequivically state that this accident is a dress rehearsal for LaSalle Peru or Ottawa. This line hasn't seen serious maintenence since 1970...and it hauls haz mat everyday!"'
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment



Ethanol ...

explosion
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We had a five or six car train derailment here in West Virginia yesterday.
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It reminds me Steven Spilberg´s "Super 8" movie.
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EXACTLY..... when i watched the movie, i wondered "when is this going to happen? how many times has this happened before?"
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Re: BREAKING: Authorities order evacuation of small town in north-central Illinois after fiery freight train derailment
Last wierd derailment i heard about was the one that involve baxsters where some serious viruese were "accidently" released.





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