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Fire after US train derailment in Ohio

Cars full of ethanol exploded after a train derailed in Ohio's state capital Columbus.

Officials said they do not know the cause of the accident, and assistant police chief David Whiting said that they would let the flames recede before inspecting the site.

Dozens of residents in the area were evacuated by firefighters, but Mayor of Columbus Michael Coleman said he was grateful that the derailment did not happen in a more populated area.

Eyewitness Nicholas Goodrich described the explosion as being like "an atomic bomb".

Nobody aboard the train was hurt.

  • 12 Jul 2012
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