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Fiery train derailment in Ill. leads to town evacuation

TISKILWA, Ill. (AP) -

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is responding to the scene of a fiery freight train derailment in north-central Illinois.

EPA spokeswoman Maggie Carson says the representative heading to the town of Tiskilwa intends to make sure waterways and the environment are protected.

Carson says that what's known about the derailment so far - that the train's tanker cars were carrying ethanol - suggests that fumes will burn off and there won't be long-term effects for residents.

The village of about 800 people about 100 miles west of Chicago is being evacuated.

Carson says the EPA will reevaluate the situation, if other chemicals are involved.

There's been no immediate word about any injuries related to Friday's derailment.

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