Freight train derails, catches fire in NE Indiana

Mar 27, 2012, 2:04 PM

LIGONIER, Ind. (AP) – The state environmental agency says a freight train that derailed and caught fire in rural northeastern Indiana was hauling hazardous substances.

The train derailed about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday near the Noble County town of Ligonier, about 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.

Noble County Sheriff Doug Harp tells WANE-TV that about a half dozen homes have been evacuated.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokeswoman Amy Hartsock says tankers carrying molten sulfur and the gasoline additive toluene derailed. She says authorities evacuated a half-mile area as a precaution.

Hartsock says firefighters are still battling a blaze emitting yellowish smoke more than three hours after the derailment. Officials also are trying to determine whether foam on the nearby Elkhart River might have come from the train.

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Freight train derails, catches fire in NE Indiana