PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — About 30 cars in a freight train hauling some toxic chemicals derailed Wednesday, setting off a large, smoky fire and leading to the evacuation of potentially hundreds of people. No injuries were reported.
Authorities were evacuating an area within a half-mile that includes businesses and homes where more than 1,000 people live, said Leslie James, deputy clerk for the Painesville police department.
The fire was under control, but authorities were letting it burn itself out because the train was carrying toxic chemicals, fire officials said.
The biggest concern was a tank car of liquefied petroleum gas, officials said. Firefighters were keeping water on that car to keep it cool, said Ken Gauntner, Lake County administrator.