Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

A freight train derailed in a Chicago suburb on Thursday, briefly sparking evacuations of nearby homes and businesses.

The train derailed at 217th Street and Main in Matteson, NBC Chicago reported. A mandatory evacuation was underway amid a suspected leak from the derailed cars.

The evacuation affected people and businesses within a quarter-mile east, 1 mile west and 1 mile south of the site, according to the news station. The evacuation in the area was lifted Thursday afternoon except for areas very close to the derailment site.

Canadian National Railway said in a statement that the derailment involved about 25 cars “carrying various substances.” There were no fires or reports of injuries, a spokesperson said.

Two cars containing residue liquified petroleum gas leaked a limited amount, the spokesperson said, adding that it has since been contained.

“The other railcars that derailed but did not leak any product include non-dangerous goods, Caustic Soda and railcars containing residue of LPG,” the spokesperson said.

“There is no danger to public safety,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “A precautionary evacuation was ordered but has since been lifted except for properties immediately adjacent to the site.”

A freight train derailment in Matteson, Ill., on Thursday morning.NBC News

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Matteson police said additional information will be released later Thursday.

Matteson is a village in Cook County, Illinois, about 30 miles south of downtown Chicago.

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