Train Derailment In Chicago Suburb Causes Evacuations

On Thursday, a train carrying liquified petroleum gas derailed in Matteson, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The derailment involved approximately 25 train cars, according to a spokesperson for the Canadian National Railway.

No injuries have been reported, and there is no indication of a major gas leak. Initially, residents and businesses were advised to prepare for a “long-term” evacuation. However, this order has been lifted for all except properties adjacent to the crash site, as per USA Today.

“A railcar containing residue Liquified Petroleum Gas leaked a limited amount of product. The product has since been contained, and there is no danger to public safety,” the spokesperson said. They also mentioned that the railway company is working closely with local authorities and thanked first responders for their swift action.

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation. Officials were seen examining one of the railcars that was leaking a small amount of gas.

This incident coincides with the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) release of its final report on a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, last year. That derailment was caused by a hot railcar wheel bearing, which ignited a fire, highlighting ongoing concerns over rail safety.

The Matteson derailment has brought renewed attention to the safety protocols of transporting hazardous materials by rail. While the quick containment of the gas leak prevented a more severe situation, the incident underscores the need for continuous vigilance and improvement in railway safety measures.