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Crews should soon finish clearing the wreckage of an ethanol-laden freight train that derailed in northern Illinois earlier this month, causing an intense blaze.

The wreckage east of Tiskilwa should be cleaned by later this week. Iowa Interstate Railroad attorney Lanny Van Daele says drivers should be able to pass on Saturday morning without seeing evidence of the Oct. 7 derailment.

Van Daele says crews are still dismantling and shredding parts of wrecked rail cars. The debris will then be trucked away. 9 of the more than 26 cars that derailed contained ethanol.

State and federal environmental agencies also are contributing to the cleanup.

Local officials say 52 fire departments and 15 ambulances services responded to the incident.

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