Derailment Prompts Evacuation in Detroit

A CN freight train carrying a highly explosive material derailed Monday in a residential neighborhood on the city's east side, forcing the evacuation of people in a one-mile radius, the fire department said.

There were no reports of injuries. Three schools were evacuated.

Four tank cars and four boxcars were on their side by the tracks near Interstate 75 (search). Some of the tankers were flipped over.

Some of the cars contained methyl alcohol (search), which is used as an antifreeze and is highly explosive. None of the methanol leaked out, Senior Fire Chief Roy Miller told WDIV-TV.

CN spokeswoman Gloria Combe said railroad employees were working with local emergency officials to assess the situation.

"Our focus in on securing the safety of the community," she said.