Ohio ethanol train derailment causes explosions, evacuations

06 February 2011 19:17  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A train carrying ethanol derailed on Sunday in Ohio, causing explosions and the evacuation of nearby residents, according to several news media reports.

An estimated 15-30 cars of the train derailed near Arcadia, Ohio, according to news reports. Several cars exploded, causing the evacuation of 20 nearby homes.

Each of the cars was carrying 13,000 gallons (49,210 litres) of ethanol, according to reports.

No injuries were reported.

The train, with more than 60 cars, was en route from Chicago to South Carolina at the time of the derailment at 2:20 hours Ohio time (7:20 hours GMT), according to reports.

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By: Brian Ford
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