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103-car freight train loaded with crude oil derails near Galena in Illinois

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Galena train derailment

GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near the northern Illinois city of Galena.

According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi.

Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Moser says several cars have caught fire as a result of the derailment. The blaze hasn’t prompted any evacuations, although that may change.

BNSF spokesman Mike Trevino says the cause of the derailment hasn’t been determined. He said railroad employees are on the scene and additional BNSF personnel are headed there and will work with local responders.

In addition to the cars loaded with crude oil, the train consisted of two buffer cars loaded with sand. Its destination wasn’t immediately known.

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  • s holmes

    All together now, a pipeline is tooo dangerous environmentally./// What is this?…2 in 2 weeks? Better hurry libs before all your protected species are swimming in oil.

  • dave

    Obama only cares about thugs trying to hurt police officers. He couldn’t care less about the people who live and work a long these train tracks. It will take a Republican President to clean up the mess he has created and liberals will still blame George W Bush

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