Illinois ethanol train derailment triggers fire, forces evacuations

07 October 2011 14:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A train carrying ethanol derailed on Friday at Tiskilwa, Illinois, in the US, triggering an explosion and fire that led to the evacuation of residents from the small town.

The train was shipping ethanol, and possibly other chemicals, for Illinois-based agribusiness major Archer Daniels Midland, local media reports said.

Six railcars from the train, which included more than 60 ethanol railcars, were reported to be burning.

A media official at Archer Daniels Midland told ICIS the company would not comment on the incident.

He referred to the rail company, which he said was the Iowa Interstate Railroad. Media officials at Iowa Interstate could not immediately be reached.

Tiskilwa is around 100 miles west of Chicago.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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