Train derails, burns near Cleveland

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A train derailment in northeastern Ohio has sparked a large and smoky fire.

A witness tells the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland that he was driving in the area at around noon when he heard and explosion and saw a white flash out of the corner of his eye. He says he then saw an oil tanker explode, with flames shooting as high as 60 feet into the air.

Michael Wright says other cars were then thrown off the tracks. The train appears to be loaded with oil and grain. The witness says the tracks are about 300 yards from a road, so firefighters are having trouble reaching the area.

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Associated Press contributed to this report.