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Train derails in southern Illinois, 250 evacuated

By AP/KWMU

Du Quoin, Ill. – About 250 people were evacuated this morning near the site of a train derailment just north of the southern Illinois town of Du Quoin, in Perry County.

The accident reportedly happened just before 2:00 a.m. at a track-switching site. Four Canadian National railroad cars, including one containing sulfuric acid, were involved.

Railroad spokesman Jim Kvedaras says none of the sulfuric acid leaked. He says two of the cars were empty, and a third was hauling paper.

Sulfuric acid is a chemical that can burn skin and trigger asthma attacks.

David Searby, with Du Quoin Emergency Services says there are no reports of injuries. Perry County dispatchers say Highway 51 is closed from Route 154 to (North Hickory Street in) downtown Du Quoin.

Evacuees are staying at the American Legion Post in Du Quoin.

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