Train Derailment in Indiana Causes Explosion, Prompts Evacuations

A train carrying freight derailed in Gibson County, Ind., prompting evacuations on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

A freight train derailment in Indiana on Sunday caused a loud explosion and calls for mandatory evacuations in the area.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and emergency service personnel issued a mandatory resident evacuation within a one mile radius in Princeton, Indiana, on Sunday evening following the train derailment and explosion.

According to the Gibson County Sheriff, at approximately 7:19 p.m. local time Gibson County Central Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding a train derailment and explosion in the area of Old US 41 and Caniff Trailer Court.

No one was injured in the derailment, but a large fire sent thick, black smoke high into the sky.

Emergency responders conducted door-to-door evacuation announcements.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Briana Montalvo