Evacuations underway after freight train derails in Matteson, Illinois


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CHICAGO (CBS) — Evacuations are underway after a freight train derailed in Matteson, Illinois on Thursday morning, as crews work to determine if hazardous materials have leaked from the train.

According to Matteson police, 20 railcars of a Canadian National train derailed around 10:30 a.m.

The Village of Matteson confirmed nearby residents are under a mandatory evacuation order. The order includes the following areas:

  • Main Street from the tracks south to Sauk Trail
  • 218th Street and 218th Place
  • Charles Street
Village officials said the order includes areas one mile south of Main Street and 217th Street, one mile west of Main Street, and a quarter-mile east of Main Street.