Two Injured In Train Derailment, Explosion

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UPDATE 9:40 a.m. The blaze from a freight train derailment near the Ohio State Fairgrounds is now contained.

Ohio Public Radio member station WOSU reporter Steve Brown reports the train was carrying ethanol when it derailed and several cars burst into flames around 2 a.m.

Fire crews plan to allow the blaze to burn out on its own. 

Brown spoke with witnesses who live in the mixed-use area.

The witnesses said flames shot some 200 feet into the air.

A fire official says a freight train carrying agricultural products has derailed and several cars burst into flames Columbus, causing an explosion and injuring at least two people.

Lt. Terry Bush says the accident happened at about 2 a.m. Wednesday in a mixed-use part of the city, and people living in one-mile radius of the blast have been evacuated.
He says it's unclear exactly what is burning, and says details on the two injured were not immediately available.
A hazardous materials team is on the scene, as well as Norfolk Southern railroad officials.