Train Derailment in Illinois
By: Heartland News Staff Reports
Updated: 5:450 p.m. 2/9
At 9 a.m. a train transporting chemicals derailed along the Canadian National Rail Line in Tamaroa, Illinois. The Illinois State Police have issued a mandatory evacuation for the entire town of Tamaroa. The evacuation effects around 1,000 people. Evacuees are being moved to Du Quoin. The State Police have also closed U.S. Highway 51 through Tamaroa.
According to the Perry County Sheriff Department, the derailment happened near the U.S. Post Office and Searby Funeral Home in Tamarora. Tamarora is located 7 miles north of Du Quoin, Illinois. Evacuation centers have been set up in Dubois, Illinois.
The Perry County Sheriff's Department tells Heartland News that sixteen rail cars were involved in the derailment. Three chemicals were aboard the train: vinyl chloride, hydro-chloric acid and formaldehyde.
No injuries have been reported.