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Fri October 7, 2011
Tiskilwa train derailment and evacuation
By Susan Stephens
Tiskilwa, IL – Residents of the small north-central Illinois town of Tiskilwa are being told to stay away from their homes. They were awoken early this morning by explosions after a train carrying ethanol derailed. At least six of the cars have caught fire: earlier today, responders said they had planned to let the fires burn out. But now they've changed tactics. Carla Beaber is speaking for emergency management services in Bureau County this afternoon: she says "specialized hazardous materials response teams are working with local fire authorities to continue suppressing and cooling the remainder of the fire."
Putting out the fire is expected to be an all-night job. Residents who were evacuated are urged to stay away for now: many are staying with relatives and a shelter has been set up at Princeton High School. There have been no injuries or damage to homes reported. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are on scene. No word yet on what caused the derailment.
Tiskilwa is about twenty-five miles west of LaSalle.