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(GALENA, Ill.) —  A Burlington Northern Railroad train carrying 103 train cars of crude oil derailed in northwest Illinois Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. ET near the town of Galena,  according to Patti Thompson of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports that eight train cars derailed, and that two of the derailed cars caught fire.

Authorities have evacuated a one-mile radius around the site as a precaution.

No injuries have been reported following the derailment, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

The Federal Railroad Administration said in a statement late Thursday that the agency was aware of the derailment, and was sending a team of investigators to the scene.

“Once the scene is contained and secured, we will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine the probable cause of the derailment,” the agency said in a statement.

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