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  • Another CN derailment.

    A train carrying chemicals derailed around 4:15 Thursday afternoon in Salem, Ill.

    The incident occurred on the Canadian National railroad line northeast of a grain elevator on Tonti Road. It appears the train was carrying about 60 cars; around 20 cars derailed, including two chemical cars.

    The Marion County Sheriff's Department says the train was reportedly carrying some type of acid, which has leaked out of the cars. There are no reports of injuries. It is not known what caused the derailment.

    Traffic on I-57 is shut down in both directions as a result of the derailment.

    The train derailment occurred in a rural area about three miles northwest of the city center, but residents within a half-mile radius of the site have been evacuated as a precaution.

    The track also serves Amtrak's City of New Orleans train route, which runs from Chicago to New Orleans. An Amtrak spokesperson says the company is working on a contingency plan for affected passengers.

    A call to Canadian National was not immediately returned.

    Salem, a town of about 7,500, is 87 miles east of St. Louis.



    Our hazmat (Mt. Vernon) just got called at 6 for it. They just left a few minutes ago. I was in class so I didn't hear the full story, but its rumored to be sulfuric acid. Apparantly a couple dry bulk containers ruptured too.
    ISP is gonna be thrilled closing the interstate again. We had it closed for 3 hours this morning 15 miles from there!

    DJ
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  • #2
    here's another pic. By the way..first one courtesy of KSDK.com. this one is from KMOV.com
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    • #3
      Hmmmm, same line that runs through here.... Couldn't tell though as we still had a billion trains pass through.... maybe they will slow down a bit! BTW, I'm just glad it didn't happen here, cuz thats one mess I wouldn't want to play with.

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      • #4
        More details are starting to come out of Salem. KSDK.com seems to be updating the best right now. I have not spoken to any of our guys on scene, all I know is what I am reading!

        Here is the link for the story complete with pictures and video!

        http://ksdk.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=103693

        DJ
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        • #5
          Small world.

          I can turn around and see the "Main Line of Mid-America" right out my window....About 275 miles from you DJ. At least they didnt dump tons of coal onto I-57 this time.
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          • #6
            Fortunately no injuries and no leaks. I-57 is now open and most families got to go back to their homes about 01:30 this morning. Seems like the organization went well. Salem, Kinmundy-Alma, and Centralia City worked the scene while Iuka, Kell, and Odin moved up to cover Salem, Centralia District went on stand-by to help Centralia if they had any calls, and we moved up to help cover Odin.
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            • #7
              kprsn1..are you from Sandoval fire? If so, were you at the structure fire in Junction City on Friday?
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              • #8
                Yes DJ, I was there. Dave M. was there and a friend of his from Mt. Vernon fire too who was helping him move. Wished that fire would have went better. The modular home just went up so fast that it was hard to get control of it before it was too late especially since no one was home when it started and all of the windows were open. Fortunately no one was injured. Initial reports were that it possibly started from the clothes dryer that the owner had started before leaving the residence but the fire marshal believes the fire started from ashes (cigarette?) placed in a trash can.

                Chad
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                • #9
                  I was there! I was Dave's friend from Mt. Vernon.

                  You guys didn't really stand a chance on that one. It was getting toned out when we got to Dave's house. We went down to check it out and it was blazing. It just had too big of a jump on you guys. I will say I am impressed how quick it got knocked down. You guys did a great job! You have good mutual aid too! Centralia Rural was there quicker than I though they could have been. All in all, I think it went as well as it possibly could have gone!

                  DJ
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                  • #10
                    Thanks DJ. Your dad sent me an email this morning telling me it was you. I apologize for not at least saying hello to a fellow fireman. I saw you in your MVFD shirt and walked by you a couple of times but had things on my mind. Not sure if you know who I was or if Dave told you. I was the short guy in the white captain's helmet yelling at everyone! I was a bit down afterwards though. I hate it when anyone loses their home or belongings in a fire but it especially stings when there are kids involved who lose their stuff. I have kids and couldn't imagine having to tell them all of their things are gone.

                    Centralia District and Odin are great. Odin is usually already at their station and out the door for us before they even get toned and District isn't far behind.

                    I told your dad to let you know that if you saw anything that we could have done better or differently to send me an email. I always want us to get better as a department and I like a perspective from a different set of eyes. Don't be afraid to be critical either. I can handle it!

                    Thanks again and don't be hesitate to grab me by the arm next time and we'll talk shop!

                    Chad
                    SFPD Member MABAS Division 47
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                    • #11
                      Honestly Chad I was very impressed! We went down to check it out before Dave decided to go the station and I thought it was done for. No water supply, and it had a head start prior to you being notified. Those are hard ones, especially in the middle of the day. We went back to your station and I sat around for a little bit waiting. Well, that got old...so I found the water jug, filled it up and came out! (as if I could just sit around the station anyway...) I was shocked any of the house was still standing. I really thought about it..trying to find something constructively critical, but nothing comes to mind. Although there was one guy (VERY new rookie from what Dave said) that I had to show how to breakdown hose. Those couplings are tricky

                      DJ
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                      • #12
                        There was a derailment along the CN line in Homewood Illinois this evening. No leaks but there were quite a few cars overturned.
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                        • #13
                          That's good, Mike. Keep them up North!
                          Jack Boczek, Chief
                          Ashley Community Fire Protection District

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                          • #14
                            great information guys. I have been researching trying to figure out if anyone has mentioned the reason for the derailment anyone heard yet?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kprsn1
                              Fortunately no injuries and no leaks. I-57 is now open and most families got to go back to their homes about 01:30 this morning. Seems like the organization went well. Salem, Kinmundy-Alma, and Centralia City worked the scene while Iuka, Kell, and Odin moved up to cover Salem, Centralia District went on stand-by to help Centralia if they had any calls, and we moved up to help cover Odin.
                              Flora/Clay County ESDA assisted with traffic control

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