PESOTUM, Ill. (WCIA) — Crews are still working to clean up more than 10 hours after a train derailed.
The derailment happened just north of Pesotum, but it has affected much more than that.
Pesotum Village President Joyce Ragle says roads will stay blocked until 7 a.m. Thursday, and work on the railroad crossings will take weeks to repair.
A total of 17 freight cars were derailed, she says, which includes 7 cars that tipped over from the derailment.
The village president says no one was hurt and no chemicals were spilled. She adds that she’s glad it didn’t happen closer to town.
Railroad crossings from county roads 200 North to 500 North are closed, Ragle says, in addition to Route 45.
She says residents on the west side of Pesotum can only access Route 45 from Madison Street. That will take you to I-57.
Ragle says residents on the east side of the village should use East Adams Street to leave Pesotum.
“You will need to return home using the same directions since railroad crossings and Route 45 will continue to be closed for quite some time,” she says. “Please be safe.”
A witness said it was not a passenger train. He said he heard the derailment from his house.
Tuesday night, Canadian National trains were seen stopped as far north as Kankakee.
WCIA crews saw trucks called “CraneMasters” heading south on I-57 from Kankakee. The group specializes in derailments.
Champaign County’s Emergency Management Agency has issued a statement on the response to the derailment. You can read it in full below:
“As an update from our previous statement, CN crews are still responding to an incident south of Pesotum, Illinois, that occurred yesterday around 8 p.m. local time. 17 cars derailed in various positions. There are no injuries, no fire, no leaks, and no danger to the local population. Crossings on Villa Grove Rd and Lincoln Street are blocked. CN crews are working diligently to open them in a safe manner. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
CN would like to thank first responders for their assistance and apologizes for the impact this incident has had on local residents.“
This story has been updated to reflect newly provided information from the Pesotum Village President, and from Canadian National Railway Company.