General Railroad News – 2 more train derailments
Two train tanker cars filled with ethanol derailed on a state highway in Illinois. The highway was closed and neighboring businesses were forced to close.
The tracks broke forcing the cars to come off the track. The cars remained upright and there was no leakage. It took crews over 5 hours to put the trains back on the track, and all persons were told to evacuate the area as there was a possibility of an ethanol spill.
In addition, five Union Pacific rail cars derailed in Texas and came off the tracks. These cars contained the chemicals methanol, xylene and ethylene glycol. All of them are dangerous to inhale and extremely flammable.
The derailment caused county roads to close and businesses were immediately evacuated. There were no reported injuries.