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Freight train stock

A freight train crosses the tracks on Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso.

RENSSELAER — U.S. 231 reopened about 7:30 a.m. following a train derailment Thursday night.

According to a press release from Police Chief Jeffrey S. Phillips, a train derailed about 10:16 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Scott and Walnut streets.

Officers arrived to find 16 cars derailed in the area. The cars contained high fructose corn syrup and petroleum distillates. No injuries were reported.

As a precaution, Rensselaer police and fire department members evacuated residents near the derailment to Van Rensselaer School. After inspection, nothing was found to be leaking from any of the cars. Residents were allowed to return to their homes at approximately 1 a.m. The U.S. 231 crossing is still blocked.

CSX railroad crews are on hand working to keep all hazardous material contained. A time that the tracks would be useable have not yet been determined. Rensselaer police ask everyone to keep clear of this area until the cleanup is completed and the tracks are functioning.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.