Seven Months Later, Cause of Train Derailment in Southwestern Jefferson County Still Undetermined

Federal investigators have not yet determined the cause of the October 2012 train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

The Federal Railroad Administration has released an incident report into the derailment of the Paducah & Louisville Railway train, which WFPL obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Investigators submitted no violations of federal regulations in the report.

The train was carrying hazardous materials that leaked, leading to several days of evacuations and shelter warning near West Point, Kentucky. No one was injured in derailment, but two contract workers were hurt in a fire that ignited during the clean-up of the wreckage.

The FRA incident report says 12 cars derailed causing $650,000 in damage to equipment and more than $85,000 in damage to track and other rail infrastructure.

Paducah & Louisville Railway declined to comment because of litigation. The injured workers and nearby residents have filed suit against P&L and others.

Read the FRA report below. The text is tiny, so click the fullscreen icon on the bottom right to read:

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