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Archive for Saturday, June 23, 2007

Cargo train derails; nearby homes evacuated

June 23, 2007

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— A train derailed in an industrial park Friday and authorities evacuated nearby homes.

There were no reports of injuries and authorities said no hazardous material had leaked at Bluegrass Industrial Park.

Ten cars of the Norfolk Southern train went off the track about 1:40 p.m., said company spokesman Robin Chapman.

Four of the cars contained phenol, a white crystalline substance that can burn the skin on contact. The cars containing the phenol remained intact following the derailment, Chapman said.

Two of the derailed cars were carrying automobiles. One car containing plastic pellets did break open, but the pellets did not pose an environmental threat, Chapman said. The other three cars were empty.

Chapman said the mixed freight train with three locomotives and 107 cars was traveling from Buckeye, Ohio, to St. Louis.

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