Train Derailment and Fire Force Tiskilwa, Illinois Evacuation

The north-central community of Tiskilwa was evacuated after a train that was carrying ethanol derailed and caught fire. The community of eight hundred people was evacuated after a one hundred thirty one car train derailed just before dawn. The fire was still being fought in the late afternoon so the residents were told to stay away until the all clear was given. They expect the firefighting operation to continue late into the night, and maybe even into the early morning hours of Saturday.

Some of the residents have been allowed to return home but the ones that live on east Main Street are still not being allowed to return home. Twenty-six cars derailed and nine of then contained ethanol. Of those nine cars, there were seven that caught on fire. It is going to be some time before they can find out what caused the train to derail. The ethanol that was carried in these cars is the biggest volume hazardous material that is transported by rail.

When the derailment happened, there was an explosion but there were no structural damage or injuries reported. The train had started out in Rock Island, Illinois and was headed to Chicago, which is approximately a hundred miles to the south west where the train derailed. The cars that did not derail were pulled back from the wrecked cars.

More Info on the Tiskilwa Train Derailment:

Most Leave Illinois Town After Fiery Train Derailment
New York Times, on Fri, 07 Oct 2011 09:32:54 -0700

Robert Ray/AP A freight train loaded with ethanol crashed and exploded Friday near Tiskilwa, Ill., about 100 miles west of Chicago. The town was evacuated as a precaution, but no injuries were reported. By MONICA DAVEY No one was injured, 


Explosions rock town as derailed ethanol cars ignite
Columbus Dispatch, on Sat, 08 Oct 2011 04:24:08 -0700

Explosions shook the north-central Illinois village of Tiskilwa early yesterday when a freight train loaded with highly flammable ethanol crashed and ignited forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Most were allowed to return home last night. 


Evacuation called off after train derailment causes fire
Dekalb Daily Chronicle, on Sat, 08 Oct 2011 03:43:14 -0700

By AP TISKILWA – Most residents evacuated from the northern Illinois village of Tiskilwa after a freight train loaded with highly flammable ethanol crashed and caught fire were let back into their homes Friday night. The railroad says 26 cars on the