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Thursday September 19th, 2019 8:51AM

Schools, homes evacuated after St. Louis-area derailment

By The Associated Press

DUPO, Ill. (AP) — Thick, black smoke can be seen for miles and evacuations have been ordered after a train derailed in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis.

The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported the train derailed about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Dupo, about 8 miles (14 kilometers) south of St. Louis Tuesday. It posted a video of large plumes of black smoke coming from a fire. Smoke could be seen in downtown St. Louis.

Dupo police say students at a grade school, junior high school and a high school have been evacuated to a high school farther away. Police say a few hundred residents of a mobile home park and a subdivision near the tracks also have been evacuated.

KMOV-TV posted video showing more than 10 train cars derailed and flames shooting from the wreckage.

Emergency officials said they were not immediately aware of what the train was carrying.

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