Explosions shake Ill. village after train derails

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TISKILWA, Ill. (AP) — Most residents evacuated from the northern Illinois village of Tiskilwa after a freight train loaded with highly flammable ethanol crashed and caught fire are being allowed back into their homes.

Terry Madsen of the Bureau County Emergency Management Agency says about 700 to 1,000 residents of the town were evacuated after the accident early Friday.

Officials say the evacuation of Tiskilwa, located about 100 miles west of Chicago, was strictly precautionary. Madsen says most of those kept away live in a small cluster of houses on the northeast side of town.

Officials say they expect firefighters will be working to suppress the fire throughout the night. Madsen says water and foam will be poured on seven burning rail cars and other derailed cars all night.