GALENA, Ill. — Two rail cars remain on fire at the site where an oil train derailed this week in western Illinois. But authorities say they did not have to allow a leaking car to explode as was initially expected.
Authorities had warned of the likelihood of more explosions at the site of Thursday’s derailment south of Galena.
But in an update Saturday, the Federal Railroad Administration said the tank car’s pressure relief valve closed, stopping the leak and allowing firefighters to extinguish that fire.
Two other cars remain on fire in what authorities describe as a “controlled burn.”
Twenty-one of the train’s 105 cars derailed in an area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi. No one was injured.
As of Friday night, there were no signs that waterways had been contaminated.
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