Residents return home after train derailment

October 8, 2011

The Associated Press

(AP Photo/Robert Ray)
Rail cars lie in a smoldering heap after a freight train loaded with ethanol, crashed and exploded Friday near Tiskilwa.

The remaining residents of a small northern Illinois village are being allowed to return to their homes after a train derailment that forced a mandatory evacuation.

All 800 Tiskilwa residents could come back as of Saturday afternoon.

A freight train loaded with ethanol crashed and exploded near the village's northeast side early Friday. Witnesses said the resulting explosions shook them awake before dawn and sent bright orange flames and plumes of smoke into the sky.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Tim Depaepe said there were no visible flames from the crash Saturday. But he said smoldering may force officials to reissue an evacuation order.

There are no injuries or casualties reported. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Tiskilwa is located about 100 miles west of Chicago.