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No injuries in central Illinois freight train derailment

ELKHART, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say there could be passenger train delays in central Illinois after a late night freight train derailment.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Calli Hite says no one was injured and no hazardous materials were involved. Eighteen of 77 cars carrying automobiles and other materials derailed near Elkhart around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The train was traveling from East St. Louis to Proviso, which is outside Chicago.

Amtrak officials say some passenger trains could be delayed Tuesday and buses will be used to transport passengers where needed. Amtrak didn’t specify which services would be affected.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department says some area roads are closed and crews have been called to assist with cleanup.

Hite says the derailment’s cause is under investigation.

Elkhart is about 20 miles northeast of Springfield, Illinois.

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