Image courtesy of WQAD8.

A BNSF freight train hauling crude derailed Thursday near Galena, Illinois and caught fire.

The train derailed around 1:20 p.m. in Jo Daviess County in northern Illinois, the AP said.

No spills or injuries have been reported.

A voluntary evacuation was called around 5:00 pm. as a precautionary measure, WQAD said.

Eight tanker cars jumped the track with six reportedly falling over after they derailed.

The train was hauling 103 crude tankers and two buffer cars loaded with sand.

The cars were CPC-1232 models that were unjacketed with half-height head shields.

Firefighters were unable to fully access the scene and eventually had to pull out for safety reason, leaving the fire to burn itself out.

Emergency and hazardous material officials from nearby Iowa and Wisconsin also responded to the accident.

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner activated the State Incident Respond Center in case local authorities require additional assistance.

Staff from the the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency were also sent to the scene.

Forth Worth-based BNSF said the cause of the derailment has not been determined yet and it has taken precautions to protect nearby waterways.

“Protection of the communities we serve, the safety of our employees and protection of the environment are our highest priorities,” BNSF said.

The Federal Railroad Administration has sent investigators to the accident scene to conduct a “thorough investigation” of the derailment.




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