Train derailment in Matteson, Illinois: 10 cars derail near Main Street; ‘long-term’ evacuations underway, village spokesman says

MATTESON, Ill. (WLS) — A train derailed Thursday morning in south suburban Matteson, a village spokesperson said.

Helicopter 7 was on scene around 11:30 a.m. and several cars appeared to have derailed in the area of ​​21740 Main St.

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The spokesperson said the train involved was from the Canadian National Railway Company.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but authorities were examining a leaking train car.

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It was not immediately clear what was leaking from the train car.

The village spokesperson said residents within 1 mile south of Main Street and 217th Street, 1 mile west of Main Street and 400 yards east of Main Street will have to evacuate as a precaution.

The mandatory evacuation order also includes residents living on Main Street from the railroad tracks south to Sauk Trail, as well as residents living on 218th Street, 218th Place and Charles Street.

The village spokesperson said residents should “plan for a long-term evacuation” and “take any medications and supplies” they may need.

A CN spokesperson said crews were responding to the incident. He said about 10 cars carrying “various substances” had derailed.

Inbound and outbound Metra Electric trains from Chicago to University Park will only operate from Chicago to Olympia Fields and back until further notice due to the derailment, a Metra spokeswoman said.

Some local residents said they neither heard nor felt the derailment. So they were shocked when the police arrived at their door, telling them they had to leave.

This is a developing story; check back with ABC7 Chicago for updates.

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