Multi Car Train Derailment in rail yard; Heavy smoke and fire with direct involvement of multiple cars, fire suppression efforts underway

East Carondelet, Ill. – First responders are at the scene of a train derailment in the 4400 block of Carondelet Avenue near Dupo, Illinois. Video from Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX helicopter shows a train collision. There is a fire at the scene of the crash. There are also flames spreading on top of the water in a nearby creek.

Firefighters tell FOX 2 reporter Michelle Madaraas that the material inside the trains was ethanol. People are being told to stand downwind as the fire burns.

The black smoke coming from the crash scene can be seen for miles. St. Clair County Emergency Management says that there are evacuations in the area.

Vertex Chemical Corporation is located near the scene of the crash. Firefighters are working to stop the spread of the fire to that business.

Firefighters are trying to keep this fire under control during 90-degree temperatures. They are working to keep firefighters from experiencing heat exhaustion.

It is not clear if there are injuries in this crash and fire. A reporter is still working on gathering details on this story. The latest update will be posted here as more information comes into our newsroom.

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