Indiana train derailment, fire forces mandatory evacuations

Posted: 5:40 AM, Jun 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-18 16:08:55Z

PRINCETON, Ind. -- A train derailed and several train cars caught fire in southwest Indiana, forcing a mandatory evacuation.

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says the train derailed on Sunday 2,100 feet west of a trailer park along U.S. 41 in Princeton.

The city of about 8,600 people is about 30 miles north of Evansville.

No one was injured in the derailment, ABC News reports . A large fire sent thick, black smoke high into the sky.

Emergency responders conducted door-to-door evacuation announcements.

CSX Corporation, which operated the train, said the train had two locomotives, 89 loaded railcars and nine empty railcars. The loaded cars were carrying propane, CSX said.

"CSX is working closely with local firefighters and other first responders to assess the situation, and the safety of the community and everyone on site is our top priority as we develop a recovery plan," CSX said in a statement to ABC News.