Fiery Train Derailment Near Cleveland, Ohio

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Several cars from a train have derailed near Painesville in northeast Ohio, setting off a large, smoky fire.

A motorist who was driving nearby on State Route 44 says he heard an explosion around noon and saw a white flash. Michael Wright tells The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer newspaper that CSX train cars were tossed around "like toys," and flames shot 50 or 60 feet into the air.

Painesville Police Lieutenant Denise Mercsak says there have been no reports of injuries. She tells CNN police plan to evacuate at least 75 homes.

Mercsak says authorities have been told the eastbound CSX train was carrying alcohol, butane and glycerin. Given the nature of the cargo, firefighters were letting the fire burn down a bit before moving in.

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