Freight train derails in Springfield, Illinois

SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) – Springfield Fire and other first responder crews are at the scene of a train derailment. They said this incident involved both a freight train and an Amtrak train. No one on the Amtrak train was injured.

In one Facebook post, firefighters said there were six train cars on their side in the 700 block of Lawndale Road. Firefighters reported that there were 61 passengers on the train.

Officials said the freight train derailed around 8:00 a.m. Friday. This train was practically empty. There was a train car that had a vehicle inside but it remained standing.

Officials said to avoid the area around Scheels and MacArthur Avenue south of Wabash Avenue.

Amtrak was alerted to the derailment. They were able to slow the train down to avoid the derailment. They struck debris from the original derailment.

Officials said the track was damaged and part of it was missing, but they believe it happened during the derailment. They are working to clean everything up. We don’t know when it will be finished.

The fire chief said there were a few avoidable situations in this incident. There were no chemicals or other hazardous materials that could have been released during the derailment, and Amtrak took the necessary precautions to prevent its cars from running off the track.