Train Carrying Ethanol Still Ablaze After Derailment
By Anthonia Akitunde in News on Jun 20, 2009 9:00PM
Still image taken from CLTV video
The ethanol is expected to continue burning into “later Saturday,” said Kirk Wilson, a fire chief in nearby Rockton. Air pollution and toxic fumes remain a concern. Wilson said firefighters would wait until the ethanol burned itself out, calling the situation “very dangerous.” A woman waiting in a car for the train to cross near the derailment site was killed, according to a Winnebago County Coroner.
About 600 homes within a half-mile of the derailment were evacuated by officials. Residents will be able to return once environmental officials give them the go ahead. Some 1,000 ComEd customers lost power because of the derailment, according to a ComEd spokeswoman. [Associated Press via Chicago Breaking News]