Train hauling crude oil derails in Northwest Indiana

By The Associated Press

EAST CHICAGO — A freight train hauling tanker cars loaded with crude oil partially derailed in northwestern Indiana after dozens of the cars disconnected from the rest of the train, officials said.

After 41 tanker cars somehow became disconnected Wednesday evening from the CSX train's conductor car, several cars on the eastbound train derailed in East Chicago. Hazardous materials teams were sent to the site, but officials said no oil was spilled and no injuries were reported.

Between five and 10 cars needed to be uprighted following the accident, which led authorities to temporarily evacuate some nearby businesses, the East Chicago Fire Department said.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

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