Crews cleaning up train derailment

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Crews continue to clean up after a train carrying hazardous materials derailed late Monday night.

It happened in Elkhart, parallel to Route 66. Of 77 cars, 18 derailed and 17 were on their sides. The train had been carrying mixed freight from East St. Louis to the Chicagoland area. 

Fire officials, Union Pacific, IDOT and railroad police all responded to the scene.

They say it’ll take about two to three days to clear up. The closure affects Amtrak’s St. Louis to Chicago route. Amtrak will use charter buses until cleanup is complete. No one was hurt, and officials are still working to determine what caused the derailment.

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