Freight Train Explodes: Belgian Train Derails; Chemical Fire Caught On Camera [VIDEO]

on May 04 2013 2:50 PM
Belgian Train Fire
A train derailed and exploded in Belgium causing a massive fire. YouTube/Joachim Van Durme

A freight train exploded around 2 a.m. CEST in Belgium near Schellebelle and Wetteren after several rail cars carrying chemicals derailed, causing a massive fire near the city of Gent.

More than 300 residents were evacuated from the area by local authorities. No injuries were reported according to the operator of the railway network in Belgium, Infrabel. Het Laatste Nieuws (The Latest News, translated in English) reports that residents within a 1,000-meter radius of the accident should keep their windows closed. Amateur footage uploaded on YouTube captured video of the resulting fire. Watch it below.

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