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BNSF Train Derails in Illinois, Catches Fire

BNSF Train Derails in Illinois, Catches Fire
BNSF freight lead engine pulling west over the Tehachapis Chuck Abbe / Flickr CC BY 2.0

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BNSF Train Derails in Illinois, Catches Fire

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BNSF freight lead engine pulling west over the Tehachapis by Chuck Abbe

Another train has been involved in a series of railroad accidents in the United States. A BNSF Railway train carrying crude derailed in the south of Galena, Illinois on Thursday, local officials and the company has announced.

According to Reuters, the Environmental Protection Agency informed the local media that dark smoke could be seen for miles from the site of the crash.

“The sky is pretty dark down there, the smoke is pretty black,” said Kevin Doyle, whose property is near the railway lines, “If you’re standing on the tracks you can throw a rock in the water.”

The train had 105 loaded cars, 103 of which carrying crude oil. BNSF’s statement revealed the accident took place around 1:20 p.m. CST (1920 GMT).

Eight cars have been derailed, six of which has tumbled to one side, according to Galena City Administrator Mark Moran. The emergency responders were called to Galena as a measure of precaution.

There were no injuries or casualties recorded. The Berkshire Hathaway Inc unit is unaware of the cause of the accident. The accident occurred 3 miles away from a small town in Illinois bordering Wisconsin.

In 2013, a train carrying crude oil exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, which killed 47 people.

Last month, the derailment of a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train near Dubuque, Iowa spilled ethanol fuel.

Another derailment of a train carrying oil in Virginia had caused widespread panic. The train carried oil from North Dakota’s shale fields with a quantity of more than three million gallons of crude.

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