Fire crews battle derailed semi-trailer on fire in Normal

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NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — UPDATE: The Normal Fire Department is on the scene of a fire at the railroad tracks near the end of Hester St.

According to the department, a semi-trailer that was in the derailed train on Saturday caught fire Sunday morning. The department is warning drivers to avoid the area.

WMBD has a crew on the way and will update this story when more information is available.


Multiple intersections were closed in the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 13, after a cargo train derailed.

Illinois State University posted on its Facebook page the derailment happened at approximately 5 a.m. and no injuries or hazardous material spills.

However, due to the length of the train, multiple intersections were closed until clean up efforts could be made.

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“Main Street and Center Street intersections remain open at this time. Please avoid Uptown Normal intersections until further notice. At this time, there is no imminent danger to the campus community,” the post read.

Ameren Electric announced it shut off power around the derailment to repair down power lines.

Illinois State University students who needed to complete work or stay warm were encouraged to go to Uptown Station of the Bone Student Center.

The Normal Fire Department posted it would be an “extended operation” to clear the area. The cause of the derailment has not yet been identified.

The following railroad crossings are closed:

  • University Street
  • Fell Street
  • The railroad underpass at Vernon Avenue and Beaufort Street

Due to the derailment, Amtrak has made the following statement:

“Due to a freight train derailment north of Springfield (SPI), Amtrak Texas Eagle trains 422 and 22 will detour between St. Louis (STL) and Chicago (CHI) missing all intermediate stops. Alternate transportation will be provided for passengers scheduled to board between STL & CHI. Additionally, Amtrak Lincoln Service (operating between Chicago – St. Louis) trains 303, 306 and 307 are canceled. Passengers onboard Lincoln Service train 300, which was already en route and is terminating at SPI, are being provided substitute bus transportation.”

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