Murdock, Illinois

Murdock is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Illinois, United States. Its elevation is 640 feet (195 m).[1] Although Murdock is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 61941.[2]

Location within the state of Illinois
Coordinates: 39°48′3″N 88°4′42″W
CountryUnited States
640 ft (200 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID414242

Murdock was the site of a notable train derailment on September 2, 1983. A Baltimore and Ohio Railroad train derailed at 3:30 p.m., starting a fire. The fire heated tanks filled with liquefied petroleum gas, resulting in two large boiling liquid expanding vapor explosions. The force of the explosion blasted one of the tanker cars 3,630 feet (1,110 m) away from the derailment.[3]


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