Trains Collide in Porter County, Indiana

INDIANA—(ENEWSPF)—January 6, 2012 – 2:29 PM.  NBC Chicago is reporting that two trains have reportedly collided in Porter County, Indiana.  The collision is located near County Road 550 East and 600 North.

Police and firefighters are en route to the collision.  Police have also shut down some roads in the area.

Injuries have been reported and one of the trains may have been carrying a hazardous material.

UPDATE – 3:40 PM.  Sergeant Larry LaFlower, Porter County Sheriff’s Department reports that three freight trains were involved in an accident this afternoon in Porter County, Indiana.  One of the trains involved in the accident was carrying ethanol.

According to Sergeant LaFlower, one train was stopped on the tracks between Washington and Jackson townships when a second train rear-ended it and a third train on a parallel track was hit from debris from the original collision.

Two people have been transported to Porter Hospital in Valparaiso.  All homes within one mile of the accident scene have been evacuated.

Porter County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Lynn Williams reports that crews are concerned about hazardous materials on the train and are working to figure out how to contain the fire.  Williams says that “They’re treating the area right now because they’re not sure what they have.”

Source: nbcchicago.com