Train derailment forces evacuation of Rensselaer homes

Some homes in Rensselaer were evacuated following an overnight train derailment.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 1:29 AM
Updated: Dec. 22, 2017 5:40 AM

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Some homes in Rensselaer were evacuated following an overnight train derailment.

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Police say 16 train cars left the tracks near the intersection of Scott and Walnut streets around 10:15 p.m. Central Time. The tracks cross U.S. 231 and run between Vine and Walnut streets.

Police say the train was carrying high fructose corn syrup and petroleum distillates. No one was injured.

Homes near the derailment were evacuated as a precaution. No leaks were found, and people were allowed to return to their homes around 1 a.m. CT.

The U.S. 231 crossing was still blocked as of 5:20 a.m., but the crossings at Cullen and Melville streets were open.

Police say CSX crews are working hard to keep hazardous material contained.

People are asked to avoid the area until cleanup is complete. Authorities hope to have the tracks open sometime Friday morning.

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