Plumes of huge black smoke have been seen miles away from the crash site after a freight train carrying flammable liquid derailed near Dupo, Illinois, prompting an evacuation of railroad staff.

The accident occurred at around 12:45 pm local time at Union Pacific’s Dupo Yard, when the train was being prepared for departure, the railroad said. The derailment caused a tank car with methyl isobutyl ketone solvent to catch fire.

There have so no reports of deaths and injuries far been, with railroad staff safely evacuated from the yard

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