Union Pacific derailment near St. Louis results in fire

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The scene at Dupo on Tuesday afternoon after crews knocked down the flames.
Steve Smedley
DUPO, Ill. – A Union Pacific freight train has derailed in Dupo on Tuesday, resulting in a fire. The incident happened in the southeast suburb of St. Louis, Mo., south of East St. Louis.

According to the railroad, around 12:45 p.m., a derailment occurred in UP's Dupo Yard near Carondelet Avenue between Main and Adams Road. Both crossings are closed. The train was being built for departure at the time of the derailment, which caused a tank car to catch fire. Initial information from the scene indicates that the tank car contains a flammable liquid called methyl isobutyl ketone, which is typically used as a solvent.

Burning runoff from the tank car caused a second fire near Vertex Chemical Co. that was quickly extinguished.

Firefighters have to use portable water tanks and water tenders to shuttle water to the scene as no hydrants are in the area of the derailment.

"Union Pacific is working with area first responders to put out the fire. Our yard and nearby intermodal ramp were safely evacuated," spokeswoman Kristen South tells Trains News Wire. "At this time, no injuries have been reported."

The former Missouri Pacific line links St. Louis with Thebes where it crosses the Mississippi River. BNSF Railway has trackage rights.

Trains News Wire will have additional information as it is available.

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