77 car train derails in Elkhart

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LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - A freight train derailed in Elkhart Monday night, leaving rail cars strewn about.

In all, 18 cars on a 77 car train derailed around 10:30 p.m., according to a Union Pacific railroad spokesperson.

No one on the train's crew or in the public was injured and no hazardous materials were involved in the derailment, the spokesperson said. Many of the derailed rail cars were carrying automobiles.

"We apologize for the inconvenience to the community, and are working to safely and quickly clear the site and restore normal operations," the spokesperson said.

A number of roads in Elkhart were closed as crews work to clean up the wreckage.It's not yet clear when they will be back open.  According to a press release from the Logan County Emergency Management Agency, there will be no train traffic through the Elkhart are for about two days, due to approximately 100 yards of train track that is unusable.  Additionally, motorists in Lincoln could see delays as train passengers are rerouted.

Early Tuesday morning, an Amtrak spokesman told WAND-TV they expect the derailment to disrupt service, though they can't be sure to what extent. Amtrak had already expected delays Tuesday due to work on the track.

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