Cleanup continues after tanker train carrying crude oil derails in suburban Chicago

PLAINFIELD, Illinois (Fox 32 News) - A massive cleanup continued on Saturday after train tankers carrying crude oil derailed in a suburb of Chicago.

No one was injured in Friday's derailment, but it did cause a mess. Representatives from 30 agencies at the local, state and federal level are monitoring the situation.

Plainfield Fire Department Lt. Joe Schroeder had just married his wife, Holly, at the Community Christian Church, when the call came in about the fire. They could hear 19 cars of the freight train jump the tracks.

"And right immediately after the service, like half the wedding party just gets up and leaves," said Pastor John Ciesniewski. "Just like of shrieking metal, like loud thunderous and we're used to the train going by, but this they said was something completely different."

Many of the tankers were carrying crude oil. Some of the tanks were punctured. As of Saturday afternoon, cranes had moved the fallen tanker cars upright. Initial reports indicated that 40,000 gallons of oil spilled, but crews have backed off that number, now saying it's undetermined.

The cleanup process also includes picking up the wheel sets, and trying to figure out how much of the track will need to be rebuilt.

They are also monitoring air and water quality. No one had to evacuate, but neighbors said that living this close to the tracks, they are always prepared.

"I had actually packed some stuff up in case we did have to evacuate," said Laura Bundy.

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