Train Derailment

Local News
1:50 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Paducah & Louisville Railway Says Broken Rail Caused October Train Wreck

Credit Louisville Metro

Paducah & Louisville Railway has reported to a federal agency that a broken rail caused the October 2012 derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

The findings will be used in a Federal Railroad Administration investigation into the derailment, which an agency spokesman says will be completed in the next few weeks.

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Local News
6:31 am
Wed May 29, 2013

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

Credit Louisville Metro

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.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Workers Injured by Fire at Louisville Train Derailment Site File Suit

Credit Louisville Metro

Two Illinois workers injured in a fire during the October clean-up of a derailed Paducah & Louisville Railway train in southwestern Louisville have filed suit against the railroad and its contractors.

Leonardo Anthony Carrillo and Gregory Powers claim that P&L, CSX and a contractor failed to properly monitor dangerous contaminants while the men—employed by clean-up contractor RJ Corman—worked at the site near West Point, Ky. 

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Paducah & Louisville Railway to Stop Taking Mileage Claims in January from Train Derailment

Credit Paducah & Louisville Railway

Jan. 19 is the last day to file a detour-mileage claim with the Paducah & Louisville Railway stemming from the Oct. 29 train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

P&L Railway has made 5,000 reimbursements to people affected by the train derailment for out-of-pocket expenses for matters such as mileage, childcare and relocation, P&L said. The rail company has also reimbursed first-responders and schools for some costs.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Work to Resume Tuesday to Drain Chemicals at Derailment Site

Louisville Metro

Crews working at the site of a train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County plan to drain hazardous chemicals from the tankers on Tuesday.

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Railroad paid $325K so far after derailment

Louisville Metro

The head of the Paducah & Louisville Railway says the company has paid out at least $325,000 in reimbursements so far after a train derailed in southwest Louisville and caused a chemical fire.

CEO Tony Wreck told The Associated Press on Monday that the money has gone to help pay the expenses of people evacuated from their homes after the Oct. 29 crash.

Evacuations were lifted Sunday and homeowners were being allowed back into the town of West Point four days after a chemical fire started at the site.

Environment
9:11 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Train Derailment: Hydrogen Fluoride Cars Stabilized

Louisville Metro

Update 6 p.m.: The two train cars containing hydrogen fluoride have been stabilized, and the shelter-in-place for the surrounding area is no longer in effect. The evacuations that were in effect for those within 1.2 miles of the site has also been lifted, and there are no longer any restrictions on air and water traffic.

Dixie Highway will remain close until further notice.

MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says there were no complications today when stabilizing the hydrogen fluoride cars.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

So Far, No Sign of Widespread Air, Surface Water Contamination From Chemical Spill

Regulators are still working to extinguish a fire at the site of the train derailment and chemical spill in southwest Jefferson County. But work has also begun to determine the environmental and health effects of the toxic chemicals that have already leaked.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fluoride

Right now, workers on the scene of the train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County are worried about extinguishing the fire that’s been burning since yesterday, likely caused by residual butadiene. But once that’s under control, they’ll turn their attention to two train cars full of a chemical called hydrogen fluoride. And as they’re working to stabilize and drain those cars, it’s likely there will be another shelter-in-place in effect for the surrounding areas. Why?

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Developing
7:37 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Fire, Evacuation at Train Derailment Site Endure

For updates on Friday regarding the train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County, go here.

Update 7 p.m.: The fire is still burning at the train derailment site in southwestern Jefferson County and the evacuation of a 1.2 mile radius endures. Crews are off-loading styrene monomer from a car the site Thursday night, said Jody Duncan, a MetroSafe spokeswoman.

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