Train derailment shuts down highway for miles


PESOTUM, Ill. (WCIA) — A train derailment could take 24 to 48 hours to clear. That’s according to the Pesotum Village President after 8 to 10 cars came off of the tracks just north of the village Tuesday night.

The derailment happened at the 300 North crossing near Route 45 around 7:45 p.m. No one was hurt, but Savoy Fire PIO Eddie Bain said there was damage to both crossings in Pesotum.

Hazmat was called to the scene, but officials said there were no chemicals spilled.

Roads north and south of Pesotum are closed, and the I-57 off ramp into the village is shut down. Illinois State Police, the Champaign County Sheriff and Tolono Police are managing traffic.

No word yet on what caused the derailment.

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