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Yet Another Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire, This Time in Illinois


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Yet Another Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire, This Time in Illinois

WASHINGTON - An oil train transporting more than 100 cars of highly volatile crude oil derailed and caught fire today in northwest Illinois near the Mississippi River – the third explosive oil train accident in three weeks. Billowing columns of dark smoke and fireballs shooting hundreds of feet into the air were visible this afternoon as at least two tank cars caught fire. Early reports are that first responders had to pull back from the fire due to the heat and ongoing danger of more tank cars catching fire and exploding.

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