EPA monitoring cleanup after train derails in Mount Vernon


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on December 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 12:28 AM

Train derailment -- Mount Vernon, IL

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Police and fire units responded to an eight-car train derailment in Mount Vernon on Sunday morning.

The accident happened in the southeast side of town near Rackaway St. around 6:30 a.m.

Fire officials said that one car, carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol, derailed and began leaking. Hazmat crews were reportedly able to contain the leak, while the EPA was called in to monitor the cleanup.

Officials estimate between five and six thousand gallons of ethanol leaked onto the ground.

Kevin Sargent, assistant fire chief, said cold weather helped keep the ethanol vapors in place.

No one was hurt in the accident, and fire officials say no residents were forced to evacuate.

Sargent said investigators have not yet determined what caused the train to derail.

Trains in Missouri and Indiana were rerouted to avoid the area.